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Poet-Activist Varavara Rao, 81, Granted Bail In Bhima Koregaon Case

Mumbai:

Varavara Rao, the 81-year-old poet-activist who has been in jail for over two years in the Koregaon-Bhima case, was granted bail by the Bombay High Court today.

Mr Rao has been asked by the court to remain in Mumbai and be available for investigation whenever needed.

The case, being probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), involves allegations of provocative speeches made at the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017, which the police claimed led to violence the next day near the Koregaon-Bhima war memorial.

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Varavara Rao and nine other activists were accused of plotting the violence with Maoists. Mr Rao, who headed “Veerasam”, an association of revolutionary writers, has strongly denied the charge.

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