Bengaluru: Telugu poet Varavara Rao’s petition has been disposed off in the State High Court. He had filed a petition after the State Government gave an undertaking that Rao will not be arrested till an application is filed before the High Court of Bombay or National Investigation Agency (NIA) court and then an order is passed.
In the Bhima Koregaon case, Rao is on conditional bail. He has also been restricted to travel beyond the jurisdiction of the NIA Court in Mumbai. Varavara Rao (81), is accused in the Venkatammana Halli blast case of 2005 in Pavagada Taluk.
The Additional District and Sessions court of Tumakuru had issued a non-bailable warrant against him. He had challenged this order on February 11.
State Public Prosecutor V. S. Hegde said that grave allegations had been pressed against Rao in relation to the case and that he is required to face trial. The Prosecutor assured the court that Rao will not be arrested till orders are passed on his application seeking relaxation of the bail condition only to face trial. Considering these submissions, Justice M. Nagaprasanna disposed off the petition.