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No bail for 80-yr-old bedridden activist-poet Dr Varavara Rao lodged in Taloja Jail near Mumbai

Varavara Rao

Varavara Rao

Bombay High Court, on Thursday, denied bail for 80-year-old poet-activist Dr Varavara Rao in the Koregaon Bhima case. His family members requested the court to release him on bail citing health reasons. Rao has been in jail for over two years now. He had also contracted COVID-19 in jail.


Raos lawyer Indira Jaisingh argued in the court by saying that Raos health was worsening. She said, Hes bedridden; hes on diapers. He cannot control his urination; hes been using a urine bag. His catheter hasn’t been removed. Is this man going to run away from justice??


I am seeking an urgent interim relief to shift Varavara Rao from Taloja Jail to Nanavati Hospital (in Mumbai). The ultimate relief I am seeking is that he be set at liberty as his rights are being violated. In this condition he could not even stand trial,” added Jaisingh.

His family said that Raos imprisonment amounted to violation of Article 21 of the Constitution that guarantees the right to life and personal liberty. The court said a video call should be arranged today if possible. It also said that the next hearing would be heard on November 17.

The court said, To assess the present condition of Varavara Rao, it will be appropriate to have a video medical examination. All parties agree that video consultation can be arranged today or tomorrow morning by doctors of Nanavati hospital who made the July 30 report.

Recently, Taloja Jail made headlines after Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami was imprisoned for the alleged abetment of interior designer Anvay Naik in 2018.

Supreme Court yesterday granted bail to Goswami where judge DY Chandrachud, after High Court had denied bail to the former, said, Supreme Court is unhappy that High Courts, which are constitutional courts, are not doing enough in matters where personal liberty is denied.


Rao was arrested in January 2018 and charged under a stringent anti-terror law Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. Under the act, the accused can be detained for years without a trial.

Rao, whose trial is yet to begin, was accused of having Maoist links.

He was also accused of being involved with Maoists plots across India. He was one of the 16 activists who was arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case, which is being investigated by National Investigation Agency.   

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Remembrance

When Lata Mangeshkar got offended by Dilip Kumar and didn’t speak to him for 13 years

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Late Lata Mangeshkar and legendary actor late Dilip Kumar were known to share a special bond. She would also tie rakhi to the latter.

Nightingale of India, late Lata Mangeshkar and legendary actor late Dilip Kumar were known to share a special bond. So much so that the Queen of Melody would also tie rakhi to the latter. She was among the close ones who visited the late actor during his last days. But do you know the reason why their relation had gone sour, as a result of which they did not speak for 13 long years?

The story dates back to the time when Lata Mangeshkar was to sing ‘Laagin Naahi Chhute’ for the film Musafir, in 1957. At that time, Kumar told music composer Anil Biswas, “The Urdu of Marathis (Maharashtrians) is like dal and rice.” This offended the veteran singer, after which she decided to hone her Urdu speaking skills.

After 13 years when they met in 1970, the veteran singer remarked, “You know, Yusuf saab, I’d always heard you loathed me for being one up on you while recording the Laagi Naahin Chhute Rama duet with you in Musafir. But I only sang the way I can’t help singing any number.”

To this, Kumar gleefully asserted, “It’s precisely because you can’t help singing the way you do that my family and I adore you! How possibly could I loathe a voice so heavenly!”

On February 6, 2022, due to COVID-induced prolonged illness, the illustrious singer passed away in Mumbai.

 

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‘Even Modiji can’t finish my political career:’ Pankaja Munde

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Pankaja Munde (Photo by: Nitin Mankar/Nation Next)

BJP National Secretary Pankaja Munde said even Prime Minister Narendra Modi wouldn’t be able to end her political career if she lived in people’s hearts and minds. Munde said the same on Tuesday while addressing a public rally — part of PM Modi’s birthday celebrations for a fortnight across Maharashtra — at Ambajogai in Maharashtra’s Beed district.

Munde said, “If I live in people’s mind and heart, even Modiji cannot end my political career… Dynasty politics has been prevailing in the Congress party. Modiji, however, wants to end the dynasty rule… I hail from a political family, but if I live in your mind and heart, nobody will be able to finish (end the career) me. If I live in people’s minds and hearts, even Modiji cannot finish my political career.”

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September 27, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next

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Nation Next Nagpur Bulletin brings to you a summary of major news events that took place in Nagpur on September 24, 2022.

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