Fr. Stan Swamy's lawyers' request for bail - under
conditions - for the elderly Jesuit who has been in prison since 8 October last
year was denied by a judge in Mumbai on 22 March. He is accused of
participating in acts of violence against the Indian state.
This is another "black" date in the judicial
saga of the elderly Jesuit. The National Investigation Agency - the agency that
arrested Fr. Swamy - opposed his bail because of the gravity of the
accusations. This is the conclusion of this “chapter” in a special NIA court, a
first instance court. It is now possible for Fr. Stan’s lawyers to present the
case to a higher court, not linked with the NIA. Let us recall some of the
facts and the support Fr. Stan has received.
his arrest on 8 October 2020, Jesuits and their partners in India and elsewhere
in the world have called for the release of Jesuit Stan Swamy, 83, who is being
held prisoner in Mumbai. Father Stan was arrested for allegedly plotting with
an illegal Maoist political party against the Indian government and for
participating in acts of violence during a demonstration on 1 January 2018.
These charges and the related case file are obviously false.