Press Statement

Statement by 14 Members of Parliament addressed to Honourable CM of Maharashtra, Mr. Uddhav Thackeray, about the health of Varavara Rao

Varavara Rao is a Telugu writer and poet, who has been campaigning for the rights of the tribals and the poor. Varavara Rao was arrested from Hyderabad 28th August, 2018 by the Pune Police following the Bhima Koregaon violence, where the police claimed to have found links between Varavara Rao and Naxal activists.  With the NIA taking over the case, Varavara Rao was shifted to the Taloja Prison in February 2020. On 29th May 2020 he suffered a fainting episode due to which he had to be urgently rushed to the JJ hospital, Mumbai. However, he was hurriedly discharged after just 3 days in the hospital. The bail hearing on health grounds is scheduled for hearing on 26th June 2020.

However, due to the rapidly deteriorating health of the 80 year old Varavara Rao, 14 sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) have issued a statement to the Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Uddhav Thackeray, urging him to shift him to a hospital facility where a thorough investigation can be conducted and due care provided till his complete recovery. The statement also requests access to medical treatment for Dr. GN Saibaba, the wheelchair bound professor with 90% disabilities whose health condition is also most vulnerable.

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Jun 20, 2020

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