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Bombay High Court: Varavara Rao’s Medical Condition Requires Close Monitoring

The Bombay High Court said that poet Varavara Rao, an accused in the Elgar Parishad case, continues to remain “upset” and that his condition requires close monitoring.

The report, submitted before a bench of Justices Amjad Sayed and Abhay Ahuja on August 17, says that while the 81- year-old poet’s persistent hyponatremia has improved, his neurological condition is yet to improve.Rao has been undergoing treatment for various ailments at the Nanavati Hospital since July 16, after he tested positive for COVID-19.

On a previous hearing on Rao’s bail plea, another bench of the high court had directed the hospital authorities to submit a report on his health status and the treatment being administered to him.

The direction came after Rao’s lawyer, R Satyanarayan, told the HC that his family was being deprived of any information on his condition.

He had also sought that a copy of the hospital report be given to the family members. On August 17, the court had permitted the family to have a copy of the report.The bench led by Justice Sayed had also asked if Rao was in the ICU or a regular room, and if his condition needed constant monitoring.

“As on date, considering the co-morbid factors of age, persistent hyponatremia in COVID-19 case, the patient will require close monitoring,” it read.

The hospital report also stated that Rao has “paroxysmal bouts of cough”, especially during feeding.During the last hearing, NIA’s counsel Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Anil Singh had told the court that Rao was being given the “best treatment” at Nanavati and that he would be given the mandatory treatment even in prison, therefore, his bail plea on medical grounds need not be allowed by the court.

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