Varavara Rao has been moved from jail to JJ Hospital because of his deteriorating health. Rao, who has been in jail for almost 2 years now, has been suffering for months because of his health. He was shifted in an unconscious state to hospital only few days ago.
For the past months, Rao’s bail application on medical ground had been rejected twice. Distressed about his health and the lack of medical care, his family released a press note on 12 July, 2020.
In the note, the family raised concern over his health saying, “The immediate cause of concern now is that we are very much perturbed at the routine phone call we received from him on Saturday evening……he did not answer straight questions on his health and went into a kind of delirious and hallucinated talk about the funeral of his father and mother, the events that happened seven decades and four decades ago respectively. Then his co-accused companion took the phone from him and informed us that he is not able to walk, go to toilet and brush his teeth on his own. We were also told that he is always hallucinating that we, family members, were waiting at the jail gate to receive him as he was getting released.”
“At the present juncture we are leaving aside all the pertinent facts like, that the case against him is fabricated; he had to spend 22 months in jail as an undertrial with the process turned into punishment; his bail petitions got rejected at least five times now and even the bail petitions with his age, ill-health and Covid vulnerability as grounds were ignored.” The note further added
“His life is the top most concern for us right now. Our present demand is to save his life. We demand the government to shift him to a better hospital or allow us to provide required medical care. We want to remind the government that it has no right to deny the right to life of any person, much less an undertrial prisoner.”