Mumbai: The lawyer of the activist Father Stan Swamy, accused of the Elgar Parishad-Maoist connection case, told a special court here that Swami was given straw and sipper by Taloja prison officials.
Swamy, 83, filed three new petitions (confiscated at the time of his arrest), a clone of his hard disk (seized from it) and a transfer from Taloja Prison, seeking direction to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to return his new bag.
Swamy said he hopes to be transferred from Taloja Prison in Navi Mumbai.
On October 8, the NIA arrested Swami, who suffers from various health ailments, including Parkinson’s disease.
Last month, he applied for NIA’s return of a straw and sipper seized from him during his arrest.
However, the NIA told the court last month that the straw and sipper had not been seized by Swami and therefore there was no question of returning those items to him.
Swamy then asked the jail authorities to give him straw and sipper and winter clothes.
On November 26, the special NIA court directed the jail superintendent to submit his answer.
Swamy’s lawyer Sharif Sheikh told Special NIA Judge DE Kothalikar that Swami’s jail officials provided straw and sipper and winter clothes.
Swamy had also applied for bail.
The court sought a report from Taloja Prison on his condition.
On Friday, prison officials told the court they needed time to file a report, after which the court announced the matter for a further hearing on Dec. 10.
The court said it would hear all three new applications filed by Swamy on December 10.
NIA lawyer Prakash Shetty told the court that the agency did not have any belongings of Swamy.
According to the NIA, Swamy was involved in banned CPI (Maoist) activities and had received funds through a fellow to enhance the Maoist agenda.
The NIA claims that he was the convener of the Solidarity Prisoners Solidarity Committee (PPSC), the front organization of the CPI (Maoist).

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