The Bombay High Court is hearing the plea moved by Pendyala Hemlatha, the wife of poet-activist Dr Varavara Rao, for his immediate release on bail citing medical grounds.
Rao has been in jail since his arrest in the Bhima Koregaon case in June 2018. The present plea along with the previous bail plea filed by Rao is being heard by a Vacation Bench of Justices AK Menon and SP Tavade.
Rao’s wife has approached the High Court after Supreme Court refused to intervene, instead directing the Bombay High Court to hear the bail case at the earliest.
Hemlatha has contended that Rao's medical needs are being neglected by the State and that he is being lodged under inhumane conditions at Taloja jail in violation of his rights under Article 21 of the Constitution.
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