Telugu poet and activist Varavara Rao’s sons-in-law get summoned notice by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in relation to the Elgar Parishad case on Monday. Rao has been in jail since 2018 for the alleged inflammatory speeches made at the Elgar Parishad conclave which the police claimed led to the violence near the Bhima-Koregaon war memorial in January 2018.
The NIA notices state that both of their appearance as a witness is required to answer certain questions related to the case along with supporting documents.
K Satyanarayana, one of his son-in-law gave a statement that he has no connection with the case. He is a professor and the other son-in-law is a journalist. “NIA notice adds to our family distress at a time when Varavara Rao’s health condition is not very good and the (COVID-19) pandemic is fast spreading in Mumbai. I was summoned to Mumbai in these terrible times,” he said.
Maharashtra police claimed that the conclave was organised by people with Maoist links had raided residences of 9 activists in August 2018, including Rao and Sudha Bharadwaj and arrested them. The case was transferred to the NIA this year. NIA also arrested two Kabir Kala Manch activists yesterday in relation to the case.