refused to grant bail to lawyer and activist Sudha Bharadwaj,
an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Koregaon Bhima case being
probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
A bench led by Justice RD Dhanuka rejected an appeal
filed by Bharadwaj in June this year, whereby she had
challenged a special court”s order that denied her bail on
Bharadwaj, 58, had approached the HC seeking bail,
saying that she suffered from chronic conditions such as
diabetes and hypertension.
She had said these comorbidities put her at a higher
risk of contracting coronavirus while at the Byculla women”s
prison where an inmate had tested positive for COVID-19
The court, however, noted the submissions made by the
NIA and the Maharashtra government that the prison authorities
were taking all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19,
and that they were providing necessary medical care to
Bharadwaj for her comorbidities.
NIA counsel, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh,
also told the court that if at any time, Bharadwaj”s condition
needed further treatment or if she was required to be admitted
to a hospital, even a private one, the state would provide for
He pointed out that poet-activist Varavara Rao, a co-
accused in the case, had been admitted to the state-run JJ
Hospital and then shifted to the private Nanavati Hospital in
the city for treatment of COVID-19 and other ailments.
“In our view, no case is made out for grant of bail.
This appeal is devoid of merits,” the HC said while dismissing
On August 21, pursuant to an HC order, the state
government had submitted a report stating that Bharadwaj had
been examined in the prison by a medical officer and that her
health condition was found to be “stable and satisfactory”.
The state report stated that Bharadwaj”s vital health
parameters were stable. It stated that she had been suffering
from mild depression too, and had complained of body ache.
The state said that Bharadwaj had been given
medication for dizziness and had been advised to continue
medicines for her chronic conditions.
Bharadwaj”s counsel Ragini Ahuja, however, pointed out
that the report of August 21 did not mention that Bharadwaj
suffered from hypertension or from a heart condition.
She pointed out that previous report of the state had
said that Bharadwaj suffered from ischemia, a heart condition.
Ahuja claimed the latest medical report therefore,
was inconsistent and perhaps “bogus”.
The bench, however, said the present report probably
only dealt with Bharadwaj”s vital parameters vis-a-vis COVID-
It said, “In our view there is no substance in the
appellant”s submissions on inconsistencies in the medical
Bharadwaj has been lodged in the Byculla women”s
prison here since September 2018 following her arrest in the
The case pertains to the Elgar Parishad conclave held
in Pune district on December 31, 2017. It is alleged that
speeches made by some activists at the conclave led to
violence near the Koregaon-Bhima war memorial on outskirts of
Pune city the next day. PTI AYA
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