Mumbai: Tribal rights activist Stan Swamy, arrested in the Elgar Parishad case, passed away today at the age of 84. In this regard, the officials of the hospital where Father Stan Swamy was undergoing treatment have informed the Bombay High Court.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has expressed grief over the death of Stan Swamy. He tweeted, “Condolences on the passing of Father Stan Swamy. He was in favor of justice and humanity.
Heartfelt Condolences on the passing of Father Stan Swamy.
He deserved justice and humaneness.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 5, 2021
Swamy was undergoing treatment at Holy Family Hospital since the court’s order on May 28. His colleagues and friends were bearing the cost of his treatment in a private hospital.
Earlier on Saturday, his lawyer Mihir Desai told a bench of Justices SS Shinde and NJ Jamadar that Swamy’s condition was critical and he was still in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital. The bench had on Tuesday deferred the hearing on Swamy’s bail plea filed on medical grounds and asked him to stay in the hospital till then.
Let us tell you that in May, Swamy told the vacation bench of the High Court through video conference that his health continued to deteriorate in Taloja jail. He had requested the High Court to grant interim bail at that time and said that if things continued like this there he would “die very soon”.
The Elgar Parishad case pertains to provocative speeches at a conference held in Pune on December 31, 2017, which police claimed led to violence near the Koregaon-Bhima War Memorial the next day.