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MEA clarifies stand

Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said that activist Stan Swamy’s bail pleas were rejected due to the nature of the charges against him. In response to media queries on the demise of the Jesuit priest Father Stan Swamy, the official spokesperson of MEA, Arindam Bagchi said, “We have seen reports on the demise of Fr Stan Swamy. He was arrested and detained by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) following due process under the law. Because of the specific nature of charges against him, his bail applications were rejected by the courts. Authorities in India act against violations of law and not against legitimate exercise of rights. All such actions are strictly in accordance with the law”. Regarding the ailing health of Stan Swamy, Bagchi said, “Bombay High Court had allowed his medical treatment at a private hospital where he was receiving all possible…

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Stan Swamy passes away

The 84-year-old Jesuit priest has been undergoing treatment at the Holy Family Hospital in Mumbai, following a court order on May 28. Activist Stan Swamy, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoists links case passed away on Monday. The 84-year-old Jesuit priest was put on ventilator support after his condition deteriorated on Sunday. Swamy’s lawyers had sought an urgent hearing on his medical bail plea.  Swamy, who was in jail for the last seven months, was booked for alleged criminal conspiracy and sedition under the UAPA by NIA in the Bhima Koregaon case. A tribal rights activist, he worked for over 5 decades in Jharkhand, fighting for the rights of the adivasi community.