Varavara Rao taking undue advantage of COVID 19 to seek bail : NIA tells Bombay High Court.
The National Investigation Agency, which took over the probe in the Bhima Koregaon violence from Pune police in January this year, has reiterated that Varavara Rao, the octogenarian Telugu poet who tested positive for COVID 19 last week, is trying to take undue benefit under the garb of COVID 19 and his old age in seeking bail on medical grounds.
Vikram Khalate, SP, Head Office Branch, NIA, Mumbai filed a 170 page affidavit in reply in Rao’s petition challenging rejection of bail by trial court, before the High Court on Monday . The affidavit states –
“The appellant accused Varavara Rao under the garb of the current situation on account of global pandemic COVID 19 and his old age, is trying to take an undue benefit in the aforesaid situation in seeking bail on the grounds mentioned in his application”.
On may 28, Rao was admitted to JJ Hospital after complaints of giddiness, he was later discharged on June 1. Referring to the report of Superintendent of JJ Hospital regarding Rao’s health.