Court To Hear Plea On February 25

Vishwas.Kothari@timesgroup.com

Pune:

Elgar Parishad case accused P Varavara Rao on Friday moved a plea before the special UAPA court seeking treatment of his left eye and fissure condition at the Sassoon General Hospital.

District government pleader Ujjwala Pawar submitted that she would file a written say on Rao’s plea on February 25, when the court is expected to hear it and pass an order.

Rao (78) is lodged in the Yerawada central jail in connection with the Elgar Parishad case. The septuagenarian activist-writer-poet and eight other activists held so far in the case were produced before special UAPA judge Kishor D Vadane on Friday. Copies of the supplementary chargesheet the Pune police filed on Thursday were served on the accused.

The hearing on the bail pleas of Rao and activists Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Surendra Gadling would commence from February 26.

On January 31, the Gadchiroli police had taken custody of Rao and Gadling from the Yerawada central jail officials for producing them before a court in Gadchiroli in relation to the December 2016 Naxalite attack in Surjagadh. They had to endure a long duration to-and-fro travel by road.

Rao’s lawyer Rohan Nahar furnished the plea stating that the water bag of the veteran activist’s left eye had damaged, and his fissure condition aggravated during his travel to Gadchiroli.

Rao stated that following his return to Pune, he was not getting proper treatment for his ailments at the Yerawada jail hospital. “All the necessary medical reports of the applicant (Rao) be called for and the applicant may be admitted to the Sassoon General Hospital, Pune, for proper treatment of his ailments,” the plea stated.

Fresh date for Teltumbde’s bail hearing

The Bombay high court on Friday posted the hearing of Dalit scholar Anand Teltumbde’s anticipatory bail plea on February 22. Teltumbde is an accused in the Elgar Parishad case. On February 11, while granting him relief if he is arrested, Justice Nitin Sambre had posted his plea for hearing on February 22. But as the judge was not going to sit post-lunch, Teltumbde’s advocate and the prosecutor mentioned the matter and got a fresh date of hearing. TNN