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Varavara Rao issued non-bailable warrant by Karnataka court in 2005 case involving Naxals

Varavara Rao issued non-bailable warrant by Karnataka court in 2005 case involving Naxals

Bengaluru: A court in Madhugiri in Tumakuru district, Karnataka, has issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against activist and revolutionary poet Varavara Rao. He is out on bail on medical grounds in another case – the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case – with a condition not to move out of Mumbai, his lawyer said.

“It’s a case pertaining to an attack on policemen in Tumakuru in 2005 in which Varavara Rao and Gaddar (another activist-poet) are among the accused,” advocate S Balan told news agency PTI.

He said he would move the High Court on Monday challenging the NBW issued by the Additional Sessions Court at the taluk headquarters town of Madhugiri.

The case in which Rao has been made an accused is related to an attack by the Naxalites on a police team killing six of them and a civilian at Venkatammanahalli in Pavagada Taluk in Tumakuru district on February 10, 2005.

Earlier in the month, the Bombay High Court said Rao need not surrender before the Taloja prison authorities in connection with the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case until October 28.

The court also said it will hear on October 26 his plea seeking an extension of the bail granted to him.

Rao, 82, was granted interim bail for six months on medical grounds by the HC on February 22 this year. He was scheduled to surrender and return to judicial custody on September 5.

However, Rao filed an application last month through his lawyer R Sathyanarayanan and senior counsel Anand Grover, seeking extension of the bail.

He also sought permission to stay in his hometown Hyderabad while out on bail.

The NIA, which is conducting a probe into the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, however, opposed Rao’s plea for extension of medical bail and shifting to Hyderabad, saying his medical reports do not indicate that he suffers from any serious ailment.

(With inputs from PTI)

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