Father Stan Swamy receives straw, sipper, winter clothes

Advocate tells NIA court that Taloja Central Jail’s Superintendent had given him the items sought.

December 04, 2020 04:50 pm | Updated 06:49 pm IST - Mumbai

Stan Swamy. File

Stan Swamy. File

Father Stan Swamy , 83, finally received a straw and sipper and winter clothes from the Taloja Central Jail authorities, his advocate informed the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Friday.

On November 26, the NIA, probing the Bhima Koregaon case, had informed the court that it does not have a straw and sipper as it was not seized at the time of his arrest. The court had then directed the jail authorities to file a reply to the application seeking the items.

Advocate Sharif Shaikh, representing Father Swamy, on Friday told the court that he received winter clothes and a straw and sipper from the Jail Superintendent. Mr. Shaikh then filed three applications — seeking direction to the Central probe agency to return Father Swamy’s bag, which was seized at the time of his arrest on October 8; a clone copy of his hard disk which was also seized at the time of arrest; and a direction to not transfer him from Taloja Jail as Father Swamy was anxious about being shifted out.

After the Father’s medical bail was rejected on October 22, on November 26, Mr. Shaikh had filed for another bail application on merits.

The application stated: “The prosecution did not seek his custody for a single day and was remanded to judicial custody. He is being targeted due to the nature of his writings. He writes about caste and land struggles of the people of India and about violation of democratic rights of marginalised. Through his writings he has always raised questions and held State authorities responsible for injustice against the marginalised persons of the society.”

It also mentioned the basic principles of granting bail was that he was not at a risk of flight, that he is suffering from Parkinson’s disease and has almost lost this hearing ability from both ears.

On Friday, the jail authorities sought more time to submit a report on his health conditions. All the applications and the bail plea will be heard on December 10.

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