Stan Swamy to stay in hospital: Court

Stan Swamy to stay in hospital: Court

The Bombay high court has ordered the extension of Fr Stan Swami’s stay in Holy Family Hospital, Bandra, and has shifted the hearing of his appeal against the rejection of his interim emergency bail till July 3rd.

The Bombay High Court has extended the private hospital stay of 84 year old Jesuit priest and activist Fr Stan Swamy till the 5th of July.

The judges gave their direction after studying the medical report from Holy Family Hospital in Bandra, where he had been had been admitted.

The  medical report  stated that he continues to be critical and requires intensive care.

“As per detailed medical report, it is suffice to record that Medical Director has reported that he continues to be critical and requires intensive care. In view of aforesaid report, we deem it appropriate to extend the admission of the appellant in Holy Family Hospital Bandra in terms of orders passed by this court on May 28th 2021 till July 5th 2021. Appeal be listed on July 3rd.” the Bench noted

The court was hearing an appeal against the Special NIA  (National Investigation Agency) court’s decision to reject interim emergency bail to Father Stan, last October.

The plea seeks his release on interim bail on medical grounds or, in the alternative, house arrest.

Father Swamy  is one of the oldest to be charged under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

He suffers from acute Parkinsons, hearing loss in both ears, has undergone two hernia operations.

He has  lumbar spondylosis, i.e wear and tear of the lumbar disc, an extremely painful condition,  and tremors in both hands.

The bench noted that  the medical report showed that there are serious medical issues, and  observed that Advocate  Sandesh Patil  appearing on behalf of the prosecution, could look into the report and make his submissions on the next hearing.

The Bombay High Court had on May 28th, 2021 directed the Maharashtra government to transfer ailing Father Stan Swamy, an 84-year-old tribal rights activist to the Holy Family Hospital from Taloja Central Jail for treatment.

The Court had then on June 10th extended  his private hospital stay till June 18 after it was informed he had tested positive for covid-19.

He is accused in the in the Bhima Koregaon – Elgar Parishad caste-based violence case.