The Bombay High Court on Monday directed P Varavara Rao, accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, to approach a division bench of the High Court for permission to travel from Mumbai to Hyderabad to undergo cataract surgery. .Single-judge Justice SV Kotwal observed that the application by Rao amounted to seeking modification of his bail conditions as per which Rao cannot leave Mumbai during the trial. The bail was granted by a division bench of the High Court. “Both counsel agree that prayers in application are essentially for modification of bail granted to applicant. Therefore in view of the law laid down by Supreme Court, the matter lies only before division bench," the single-judge stated. .The application will now be converted into an appeal and heard by division bench led by Justice AS Gadkari..Rao was arrested in 2018 and had been in judicial custody till March 2021 when he was granted temporary bail of 6 months on medical grounds by the Bombay High Court.The Supreme Court in August 2022 granted him bail on medical grounds. One of the conditions in the order was that Rao cannot leave the jurisdiction of the special court under National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act in Mumbai without express permission of court.In his present plea, Rao argued that the trial has not commences yet and his vision was deteriorating due to ripening of cataract. He contended that surgery and post-operative care in Mumbai was expensive, whereas it was free in state of Telangana for a pension holder. On April 27, 2013, the High Court had asked NIA to verify Rao’s claim that State of Telangana would provide free cataract treatment to him.