Bombay HC Permits Kin To Meet Varavara Rao But Subject to COVID-19 Rules

 - Sakshi Post

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted permission to the family members of Varavara Rao (81), Telugu poet and founder of Revolutionary Writers' Association, to meet him at Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital  where he is undergoing treatment for COVID-19.

According to reports, a bench of justices  RD Dhanuka and VG Bisht granted permission to Rao's family members to meet him at the hospital. The bench however said that it would be subject to the hospital protocols on allowing family members to meet coronavirus patients.

Varavara Rao is a key accused in the Bhima Koregaon case and was lodged in Taloja Prison in Navi Mumbai for over an year now. He was recently rushed to hospital after his health condition worsened. Subsequent medical tests conducted on him on July 16 revealed that Rao was infected with COVID-19. He has been undergoing treatment at the Nanavati Hospital since then.

The court has also directed the Nanavati Hospital doctors to submit a detailed report on Rao's health condition over the past three days.

After Rao tested positive for COVI-19, his family members requested the Maharashtra government to permit them to meet him. They wanted that at least one person from their family is allowed to stay with Rao to look after him. People's rights and liberties groups are also demanding the government to release him immediately considering his critical health condition.



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