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Two Days After HC Orders Hospitalisation, Stan Swamy Tests Positive for COVID-19

Two Days After HC Orders Hospitalisation, Stan Swamy Tests Positive for COVID-19

Two Days After HC Orders Hospitalisation, Stan Swamy Tests Positive for COVID-19

30/05/2021

The Wire / by Sukanya Shanta

Swamy, who is suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease, has been in jail since October last year.
Mumbai: Eighty-four-year-old Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist Stan Swamy has tested positive for COVID-19.
Swamy, one of the 16 persons to be arrested in the Elgar Parishad case, had been suffering from fever, severe cough, headache and upset stomach for the past few weeks. He was, however, finally hospitalised only two days ago following the Bombay high court direction to move him to a hospital for 15 days.
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Activist Stan Swamy tests positive for coronavirus after being moved to private hospital

30/05/2021

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

On Friday, the Bombay High Court had ordered the 84-year-old to be moved to a hospital for 15 days.
Tribal rights activist and Jesuit priest Stan Swamy tested positive for the coronavirus infection after he was moved to a hospital, his friend and colleague Father Joseph Xavier said on Sunday.
Swamy, who is in custody in connection with the 2018 Bhima Koregaon case, is currently at the Holy Family Hospital in Mumbai. On Friday, the Bombay High Court had ordered Swamy to be moved to a hospital for 15 days.
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Stan Swamy put on oxygen support

30/05/2021

The Telegraph / by Animesh Bisoee

The octogenarian was admitted to the hospital around 9.50pm on Friday.
Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy is on oxygen support at Holy Family Hospital in Mumbai.
Director of the Bangalore-based Indian Social Institute, Father Joe Xavier, who is coordinating with the Jesuits on Father Swamy, told The Telegraph that the octogenarian was admitted to the hospital around 9.50pm on Friday.
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Judiciary comes to the aid of Bhima Koregaon accused

Judiciary comes to the aid of Bhima Koregaon accused

Deccan Herald / by Jyoti Punwani

Amid the spread of Covid in jails, it took a HC order to direct jail authorities to give all prisoners their hospital reports.
Imagine being taken to hospital and not being given your medical report by those who took you there. We are talking about adults, all of whom are currently in the custody of the State. Their lives are thus the responsibility of the State.
Without their medical reports, how can prisoners know whether they are being given the treatment recommended by the hospital? The 16 intellectuals accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, lodged in two Mumbai jails, have been forced to live in this state of helpless ignorance ever since the pandemic began.
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Also read:< a href="https://www.rediff.com/news/column/jyoti-punwani-should-the-bhima-koregaon-16-be-left-to-die/20210517.htm" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Should the Bhima Koregaon 16 be left to die? (Rediff.com, May 17)

Webinar on the Bhima Koregaon Case with Adv. Mihir Desai and Adv. Yug Chaudhry on May 30

Webinar on the Bhima Koregaon Case with Adv. Mihir Desai and Adv. Yug Chaudhry on May 30

Lawctopus.com / by Sonali Chugh

May 30
6:30-8:00PM (IST)

Lawctopus and Academike (Lawctopus’ Law Journal) are organising a talk on Bhima Koregaon with Senior Advocate and activist Mihir Desai and Yeats Scholar and Senior Advocate Yug Mohit Chaudhry on the Bhima Koregaon case. Both of them represent several accused in the Bhima Koregaon case. In this session, we intend to unfold the many layers of the Bhima Koregaon case. We hope to analyse the many trials of Sudha Bharadwaj, Hany Babu, Anand Teltumbde and Stan Swamy.
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Bombay HC Orders Transfer Of Stan Swamy To Hospital [read order] / Poem by Stan

Bombay HC Orders Transfer Of Stan Swamy To Hospital [read order] / Poem by Stan

He Needs Treatment: Bombay High Court Orders Transfer Of Stan Swamy To Private Hospital From Prison [read order]

28/05/2021

Live Law / by Sharmeen Hakim

The Bombay High Court on Friday 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. He is accused in the Bhima Koregaon – Elgaar Parishad case.
In an urgent hearing, a bench of justices SS Shinde and NR Borkar allowed Swamy hospitalisation and an attendant after Senior Advocate Mihir Desai submitted the Jesuit priest’s condition was not improving.
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Bombay HC sends Ft Stan Swamy to Holy Family hospital for medical treatment; brushes aside NIA’s objection

28/05/2021

The Leaflet / by Gahena Gambani

The Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Maharashtra government to transfer Father Stan Swamy, 84, accused in the Bhima Koregaon caste violence case, to Holy Family Hospital from Taloja Central Jail.
A vacation bench comprising Justices SS Shinde and NR Borkar heard the matter on an urgent basis and ordered the transfer.
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By Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha

Bandra’s St. Peter’s Church puts up signboard in support of 84-year-old Father Stan Swamy

Bandra’s St. Peter’s Church puts up signboard in support of 84-year-old Father Stan Swamy


Outside St Peter’s Church in Bandra. Photo: Keenan Burroughs

Mid-day-com / by Nascimento Pinto

St. Peter’s Church in Bandra put out a message recently in support of Elgar Parishad-accused Father Stan Swamy on its board facing Hill Road. The message on the board, which was spotted and shared online by several locals reads, “We pray for Jesuit Fr Stan Swamy in jail for two thirty three days and counting”. The 84-year-old Jesuit priest is soon going to be shifted to Holy Family Hospital, which is near the church, for 15 days, according to an order by the Bombay High Court on Friday.
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Statement of ABA President Patricia Lee Refo Re: Detention of minority-rights advocates in India

Statement of ABA President Patricia Lee Refo Re: Detention of minority-rights advocates in India

By American Bar Association

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2021 — The American Bar Association is deeply concerned about the continued pretrial detention of minority-rights advocates in the Bhima Koregaon case in India. As many of the accused are over the age of 65 and have serious medical conditions, these activists are at high risk for contracting COVID-19 as India deals with a substantial surge in cases.
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Also read: Should the Bhima Koregaon 16 be left to die? (By Jyoti Punwani, May 17)

Is Stan Swamy not entitled to even a medical bail hearing?

Is Stan Swamy not entitled to even a medical bail hearing?

The Indian Express / by Payoshi Roy 

Parkinson’s has ravaged the body of the Jesuit priest, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case. Why won’t the court listen to compelling reason and judicial conscience?
The court has again denied bail in a UAPA case, but now the failure to protect rights has been more egregious. On May 21, Father Stan Swamy’s disease-ravaged body shook as he implored the Bombay High Court for medical bail. Accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, a gargantuan investigation into an alleged Maoist conspiracy to overthrow the Indian state, 84-year-old Swamy has been in custody for eight months.
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Crushing Dissent During India’s Lockdown

Crushing Dissent During India’s Lockdown

Towards Freedom / by Rishabh Jain

“The very thought of him having to plead to jail authorities regarding a basic service like clean water to wash his swelled eye still gives me anxiety attacks,” says Jenny Rowena, wife of Hany Babu.
Babu, a 55-year-old Delhi University professor, is among many political prisoners who have been detained after having been charged under a draconian Indian law, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
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Also read/watch: Repeal UAPA – Persecution by Prosecution. Three Day consultation by PUCL in January 2021

The pandemic has put the spotlight on inhumane conditions in Indian prisons

The pandemic has put the spotlight on inhumane conditions in Indian prisons


Drawing by Arun Ferreira

The Indian Express / by Teesta Setalvad

They are overcrowded, unhygienic and have little oversight. There’s a need to expand use of house arrest as punitive measure.
The prison, it is famously said, holds a mirror to society. The conditions within prisons, to stretch this analogy, reflect the quality of any democracy. By that yardstick, India needs soul-searching. Not only has our collapsing criminal justice system ensured a mockery of reasonably speedy trials but tardy and often skewed (if not biased) investigations and prosecutions have ensured that undertrials languish in jails for decades. Courts rarely step in to ensure a thorough investigation and robust prosecutions, or a time-bound conclusion to trials.
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► Also read/ watch: Bhima Koregaon, COVID-19 And Custodial Apathy In Jails / Video + Press Release (May 15)
► Also read: Crowded Jails & COVID: 16 Bhima Koregaon Accused’s Kin Share Fears (The Quint, May 18)

Chronology of harassment against human rights defender Sudha Bharadwaj

Chronology of harassment against human rights defender Sudha Bharadwaj

CIVICUS / by CIVICUS

Today marks exactly 1000 days since human rights lawyer & activist Sudha Bharadwaj was arrested & detained on fabricated charges.
Sudha Bharadwaj, aged 59, is a human rights lawyer and activist who has spent her life defending Indigenous people in India and protecting workers’ rights. She has been in pre-trial detention since August 2018, when she was arrested under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) on trumped up accusations of having links with Maoist terrorist organisations, based on evidence believed to be fabricated.
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Also read: The Sudha Bharadwaj the Govt Doesn’t Want You To Know (article14, Jan 2021)