The court was supposed to hear Varavara Rao’s matter on Tuesday. However, due to ‘technical difficulties’, the judges were unable to hear Rao’s lawyer
Hearing the petitions filed by 80-year-old Varavara Rao at 11 am on Wednesday, 18 November, the Bombay High Court will decide on his request to transfer him to Nanavati Hospital for treatment while his medical and humanitarian bail pleas are considered by the court.
The court was supposed to hear Varavara Rao’s matter on Tuesday. However, due to ‘technical difficulties’, the judges were unable to hear Rao’s lawyer, senior advocate Indira Jaising clearly via video conferencing. On Wednesday morning, the court will now conduct an in-person hearing.
The court was going to consider a report on Rao’s medical condition by doctors from the super-speciality Nanavati Hospital dated 13 November, so it can give a decision on his transfer to hospital. The NIA and jail authorities submitted the report hours before the hearing, but Jaising argued it was “an eyewash”. The lawyer said the teleconsultation had only been conducted for 15 minutes, with no assessment of Rao’s neurological condition, without a neurologist or urologist present (even though his primary illnesses were dementia and urine infection), and that several test results that had been recommended by the doctors at this time and previously had not been included.
Jaisingh, on this basis again argued that Rao should be immediately moved to Nanavati Hospital where a proper medical examination with all relevant tests can be conducted. During the hearing on Wednesday, the judges will hear these arguments in detail, and the NIA and jail authorities’ response.