Elgar: HC seeks medical report of Stan Swamy

A bench of Bombay high court issued a notice on appeals filed by Stan Swamy and said his plea for regular bail would be heard post the court’s summer vacation.

MUMBAI: Bombay high court on Tuesday directed the state to file a medical report by May 15 on Elgar Parishad case accused Jesuit priest and activist Stan Swamy (84) who is lodged in prison.
The HC posted for hearing in the week commencing on May 17, his bail plea on health grounds.
A bench of justice S S Shinde and justice Manish Pitale issued a notice on appeals filed by Swamy and said his plea for regular bail would be heard post the court’s summer vacation.
Senior counsel Mihir Desai, appearing for the accused, said the prosecuting agency had raided Swamy’s house in 2018 but chose to do nothing for the next two years and now despite his advanced Parkinson’s disease and precarious health, has arrested him and placed him in the prison’s medical facility .
“He is unable to stand properly or do daily chores without help and every day his health is deteriorating,’’ said Desai seeking interim medical bail for Swamy.
He has been charge-sheeted for a litany of offences under the stringent anti-terror law— Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) invoked, along with several under the Indian penal Code including act against communal harmony and waging war against government of India in an FIR originally filed by Pune’s Vishrambaug police station in January 2018 following the Elgar Parishad at Shaniwar Wada.
Sandesh Patil, counsel for the National Investigation Agency (NIA),which is prosecuting the case since January 2020, sought time to file a reply saying a supplementary charge-sheet has been filed against Swamy.
Desai said there are no allegations that arms were found. Fr Swamy has a long history of working with tribal rights organisations in Jharkhand and is the founder of Bagaicha, an organization dedicated to empowering adivasis.
The NIA arrested him on October 8 2020 from his residence in Ranchi after having extensively interrogated him in July and August last year for almost 15 hours. No police custody was sought and he was remanded to judicial custody immediately, said his petition.
On October 22, 2020, the special trial court rejected his plea for interim medical bail and hence he moved the HC.

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