“He deserved justice and humaneness”: Rahul Gandhi tweets after Father Stan Swamy, accused in Elgaar Parishad case, dies at 84


Tribal rights activist and Jesuit priest, Father Stan Swamy, who was arrested in the Elgar Parishad case, has died at the age of 84.

Dr Ian D’Souza, the director of Holy Family Hospital, Bandra, told the Division Bench of Justices SS Shinde and NJ Jamadar of the Bombay High Court that the 84-year-old activist passed awat 1.30 PM on Monday.

Dr. D’Souza, according to news agency PTI, told the high court that Swamy suffered a cardiac arrest early Sunday morning following which he was put on ventilator support. He said that the cause of the death is a pulmonary infection, Parkinson’s disease and post COVID-19 complications.

Reacting to Swamy’s death, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Heartfelt condolences on the passing of Father Stan Swamy. He deserved justice and humaneness.”

Swamy’s lawyer Mihir Desai said that there was negligence on part of the Taloja prison authorities, who failed to provide immediate medical attention to the Jesuit priest.

According to Indian Express, the HC division bench, led by Justice S S Shinde, said, “With all humility at our command, we really are shocked by hearing this news. Therefore, last hearings we immediately allowed him to remain in hospital of his choice. We have no words to express.”

Swamy was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in October 2020 and had been in jail since then.

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