A special NIA court in Mumbai on Friday rejected an application seeking permission to Varavara Rao, an accused and activist in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist ties case, to go to Hyderabad for cataract surgery. In August, the Supreme Court had said that Rao (82) be granted bail to undergo treatment on the basis of conditions to be laid down by the special NIA court in the matter.
The bail conditions prescribed for Rao included that he would remain within the larger Mumbai area and not leave the city without the permission of the NIA court. Rao was arrested in the case from his residence in Hyderabad on August 28, 2018.
On Friday, Rao had sought court’s permission to allow him to go to Hyderabad for three months for cataract surgery. According to his application, both his eyes need to be operated on due to cataract. The application was dismissed by Special Judge RN Rokade.
Meanwhile, another accused Mahesh Raut has filed an application for treatment. The court directed the jail superintendent to send the accused to a government hospital if required to provide necessary medical help.
The court has also received a letter from Taloja Central Jail in Navi Mumbai about the misbehavior of accused Sagar Gorkha. The case pertains to the alleged provocative speech at the Elgar Parishad in Pune on December 31, 2017.