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Stan Swamy and the murder of justice

Father Swamy had never even visited Bhima Koregaon. What was claimed as evidence?

Published: 06th July 2021 07:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2021 10:03 AM   |  A+A-

Stan Swamy

Father Stan Swamy. (Photo | Free Stan Swamy Twitter)

No one who watches Father Stan Swamy’s last video message will be able to hold back a dull heaviness in the chest. A sense of profound depression about where India is at present with regard to the democracy it preaches loftily—and wears so ostentatiously on its sleeve at global fora. A democracy it makes sure it violates at every possible step back home when no one is looking. In the dark cells of our prisons, teeming with thousands of undertrials. Recorded before his arrest by the NIA on 8 October 2020, the video shows the 84-year-old campaigner for Adivasi freedoms talking with saintly calm, speaking against the injustice, yet stoically ready to face it on behalf of everyone. Words that leave you in no doubt about what exactly our ‘system’ has done. It has killed a man who was fighting peacefully, using perfectly non-violent means, to ensure the tribals of central India are given justice. That the oldest inhabitants of this land are not treated like criminals for seeking their basic rights—over “3,000 young Adivasis are languishing in jail”, he says. “They wanted to put me out of the way, and the easiest way was to implicate me in some serious cases.” Fr Swamy has never even visited Bhima Koregaon. What was claimed as evidence? “Files on his computer.” Global digital forensics experts have clearly linked “files on the computer” in the Bhima Koregaon cases to malware that can plant such evidence. 

If there was real evidence in a serious case, India would at the bare minimum expect speedy investigation and prosecution—instead of the sick spectacle of the courts waiting for an old man suffering from Parkinson’s to be ground to death by prison, denying him bail again and again, refusing him even a dignified death. The debate over UAPA and its lethal Section 43D(2) has just begun—wait for the global opprobrium, the only thing that seems to work.



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  • vanthia thevan

    The man died in a hospital of his choice while under treatment at Government's expense. The hospital is in Mumbai where BJP is not wielding power. How is this the fault of the government? Did the editorial team examine the claims of this person? Does the team have the evidence that will stand judicial scrutiny? If so, why did it not take to the court of law?
    2 months ago reply
  • shahul hameed km

    a lesson for isolated ideal road ghandians
    2 months ago reply
  • Palani

    Stan sami, ur death is wages of ur sin, u committed on tribals
    2 months ago reply
  • Azfar

    The charges, arrest and especially the denial of bail to Fr. Stan Swamy was a disgrace and stain on the our sense of justice.
    2 months ago reply
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