Father Swamy granted with no straw or sipper by the court though of the illness
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday refused the plea of the ill 83-year-old Father stan Swamy about granting him with straw and sipper stating the special NIA court that they 'do not have a straw or sipper'. Special NIA Judge D.E. Kothalikar, presiding over the case, had directed the medical officer to reply to the requirement of straw and sipper, along with winter clothes. The matter will now be heard on December 4. On November 6, Father Swamy filed an application seeking permission to allow him a straw and sipper in Taloja Central Jail as he cannot hold a glass because he has Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement, often including tremors. Nerve cell damage in the brain causes dopamine levels to drop, leading to the symptoms of Parkinson's. On October 22, his medical bail was rejected by the same judge who relied upon the directions of the high powered committee constituted to release undertrial prisoners during COVID-19 pandemic. The court said, “The accused (Father Swamy) is involved in the commission of an offence punishable under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act cannot be said to be entitled to interim bail.” The medical plea was sought because he has been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and has almost lost hearing from both ears. He has fallen in jail multiple times and has been operated for hernia twice and still has pain in his lower abdomen. Therefore, he needs to be protected from COVID-19. The court, however, recorded, “The grounds pleaded by the applicant (Father Swamy) for grant of bail does not reveal that the medical treatment provided to the applicant in prison is not sufficient. On the contrary, the applicant had applied giving directions to the jail authorities to provide him with the required amenities.” The court also mentioned that the Superintendent of Taloja Central had said, “Since the applicant is old aged person, he has been lodged in the separate cell in the hospital/dispensary section. It does not speak even by a stretch of the imagination that the applicant is suffering from any illness for which the treatment is not available in the prison.” Swamy was arrested by the National Investigation Agency in Ranchi on October 8 and was brought to Mumbai the next day. They had alleged that Swamy is a member of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), and was involved in a conspiracy to instigate caste violence in the Bhima Koregaon village near Pune in 2018. He has been in judicial custody since October 9.