An 84-year-old Father Stan Swamy Jesuit priest who worked for illegal detention of Adivasis and anti-Maoist youths in the poorest community in Jharkhand for more than 60 years, died in the holy family hospital on Monday with an unfulfilled wish.
“I would like to ask the judiciary to consider (my application) for an interim bail… My drop is worse than the little pills they are giving… this is a very difficult time for me. Whatever happens to me, I want to be with my family, said father stain in a video conference with the Bombay high court after spending eight months in Taloja central prison on May 21, 2021. However, hospitalization was his only option.
But since the National Bureau of Investigation arrested Father Stan in the Bhima Koregaon-Elgar Parishad case on October 8, 2020, and accused him and seven others of being accused of ties to the restricted area CPI (Maoism), Father Stan’s has been in prison for him struggle for freedom and basic human skills.
Father Swami’s lawyer, Sharif Shaikh argued in his first bail application in Oct 2020 that he could not even sign his wakalatnam and that he needed a thumb mold. He claimed that Swami suffered from acute Parkinson’s disease, hearing loss, abdominal pain, and lumbar spondylosis.
But NIA contradicted his statement. They accused the older man of trying to “take unjustified benefit” from the pandemic. NIA special judge DE Kothalikar denied his request, which recorded the statement by the Superintendent of Taloja that the prison had adequate facilities to deal with his complaints.
At the time, Taloja prison only had three practitioners with a bachelor’s degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), according to its bail application.