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NIA summons Varavara Rao’s son-in-laws to appear before 9 September

Two son-in-laws of Varavara Rao, who has been arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case, on Monday, said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has issued them notices seeking their appearance before the agency.

K Satyanarayana, professor at the city-based English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), and the other son-in-law, a journalist with an English business daily, said they received the notices sent by the NIA, Mumbai, asking them to appear before it as a witness on 9 September.

In August 2018, the Maharashtra Police had raided the residence of the professor in Hyderabad.

The NIA notices seek their (professor and the journalist) appearance/attendance as a witness “for answering certain questions regarding the case along with supporting documents.”

“It is a fact that I am related to Varavara Rao but I reiterate that I have no connection with the case,” Satyanarayana said in a statement.

“NIA notice adds to our family distress at a time when Varavara Rao’s health condition is not very good and the (COVID-19) pandemic is fast spreading in Mumbai. I was summoned to Mumbai in these terrible times,” he said.

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