On Monday, Father Stan Swamy, a Jesuit priest and tribal rights campaigner who was arrested in the Elgar Parishad case died in a Mumbai hospital. Swamy, 84, died around 1.30 p.m., according to doctors at Holy Family Hospital in Bandra, who informed the Bombay High Court.
After his condition deteriorated on Sunday and he was placed on ventilator support, his attorneys filed an urgent application with the Bombay High Court on Monday morning, requesting an early hearing on his medical bail appeal. Swamy was in the Intensive Care Unit after being admitted to a private hospital in May. His lawyer, Mihir Desai, said he was put on ventilator support on Sunday after he had trouble breathing and his oxygen levels were fluctuating. On Tuesday, the High Court was set to hear pleas for bail on merit and medical reasons submitted on his behalf.
Swamy had requested interim bail due to the pandemic, claiming Parkinson’s illness as well as other health concerns. He also submitted a merits bail application with the special court, claiming that he was jailed for protesting the indiscriminate arrests of thousands of young Adivasis classified as “Naxals” and that the central agency had no proof of his involvement with the outlawed CPI (Maoists).
Swamy had appeared before the High Court by video conference from Taloja jail in May, before being transferred to a private hospital. Swamy then informed the court that his basic systems were still functional when he was transported to the jail, but that his condition has steadily deteriorated since then, and that he was unable to conduct daily tasks such as eating and walking without assistance.