Telugu poet and writer Varavara Rao, who was currently lodged in Navi Mumbai’s Taloja jail in the Bhima Koregaon case has tested positive for novel coronavirus.
Rao’s wife P. Hemalatha and their three daughters had urged the government to save his life by shifting him to a hospital or allow them to provide him with immediate medical care.
On Monday, he was taken to JJ hospital for a few tests after he complained of dizziness. Rao’s family had demanded that he be shifted to a hospital from the Tajola Central Jail in Navi Mumbai after receiving a call from him on July 11. The family told media persons on Sunday said that during the phone call, Rao was unable to speak coherently and spoke about events that had taken place decades ago. His co-inmates have informed the family that he had been unable to do any of his chores by himself and was dependent on others in the hospital ward where he was being kept.
Rao has been in jail for about 22 months and had earlier approached the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court, seeking bail on medical grounds and the prevailing COVID-19 situation.
On Monday, Rao filed two petitions in the Bombay High Court, seeking temporary bail owing to his deteriorating health and a direction to the jail authorities to produce his medical records and admit him to a state-run or private hospital.