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Elgar Parishad case: Bombay HC orders Varavara Rao’s examination by non-public hospital through video – India News , Firstpost

The courtroom was listening to a petition filed by the jailed activist’s spouse, searching for that he be shifted to Nanavati Hospital for higher remedy and that he be launched on bail

File picture of jailed poet Varavara Rao.

Mumbai:  The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed a panel of medical doctors from a non-public hospital in Mumbai to conduct medical examination of the jailed poet-activist Varavara Rao by video hyperlink.

81-year-old Rao, an accused within the Elgar Parishad- Maoist hyperlinks case, is lodged as an under-trial within the Taloja jail in neighbouring Navi Mumbai.

A division bench led by Justice AK Menon was listening to a petition filed by Rao’s spouse Hemlata, searching for that he be shifted to the non-public Nanavati Hospital for higher remedy, an impartial medical board be set as much as assess his well being, and he be launched on bail.

Rao’s lawyer Indira Jaising claimed that his well being was “fast deteriorating”, and there was a professional apprehension that he may die in jail.

Rao suffers from dementia, is confined to mattress within the jail hospital since August and must put on diapers, the lawyer stated.

If Rao handed away in jail, it might be a case of “custodial death”, advocate Jaising stated, including that his detention violated his Right to Life below Article 21.

The excessive courtroom initially steered {that a} group of medical doctors from the Nanavati Hospital go to Rao in jail. The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the case, opposed the suggestion. It additionally opposed Jaising’s request that Rao be shifted to the Nanavati hospital.

Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, the NIA’s lawyer, stated prisoners cannot select their medical doctors and permitting it might set a mistaken precedent.

“Tomorrow, every prisoner will say shift me to Nanavati. Besides, we should not underestimate the credibility of our government doctors and hospitals,” Singh stated.

The courtroom, nonetheless, stated there wouldn’t be any hurt if a video session was allowed. “The important concern is to evaluate the current medical
situation of the accused. Instead of a knee-jerk response of shifting him out of jail with out figuring out his well being situation, let the Nanavati medical doctors assess,” the judges stated.

The HC directed medical doctors on the Nanavati Hospital to submit their video evaluation report as quickly because it was prepared, and submit a bodily evaluation report, if such examination was felt to be obligatory, by 16 November.

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