Stan Swamy passes away

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Fr. Stan Swamy, 84, passed away at 1:24 PM on July 5, 2021.

Swamy had been in jail for nine months regarding the Bhima Koregaon case and the High Court was hearing his bail plea. Advocate Mihir Desai, who was representing Swamy, demanded a judicial inquiry into his death.

He was admitted to the Holy Family Hospital in Mumbai on May 28 due to COVID-19 complications. He also suffered from Parkinson’s disease. He was put on ventilator support after suffering from a cardiac arrest this morning but never regained consciousness.

Who was Fr. Stan Swamy?

Why is advocate Desai demanding a judicial inquiry?

External pressure

Civil society members had also urged the Bombay High Court to provide bail to the activist on the grounds of failing health.

Why was Swamy in jail?

The Elgar Parishad conclave held at Shaniwar Wada, Pune on December 31, 2017, included alleged inflammatory speeches which, the police claims, ultimately caused the violence at the Bhima Koregaon war memorial the next day. Several academicians and activists have been accused in this case for making these speeches and ‘instigating’ violence.

Swamy’s take

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