A special court in Pune had on May 17 allowed the plea by the accused seeking copies of the digital data seized from them, which forms the basis of the chargesheet filed by the Pune City Police against them.
The first application was filed by the defence lawyer in December 2018. Then, in March, defence lawyers again filed an application seeking the cloned copies of the digital information, under Section 207 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
A team led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Shivaji Pawar, the investigation officer in the case, raided Stan Swamy’s house around 7 am Wednesday and seized digital devices and other material from the spot.
While only two of the nine people arrested in connection with the case so far — Arun Ferriera and Surendra Gadling — had sought copies of the data, the court of Special Judge K D Vadane ordered that all the accused be given the copies.
Pune City Police has alleged that the data is from “incriminating files, encrypted files, deleted data and mail communication”, and it contains communications with members of banned outfit CPI-Maoist and other sensitive information.
They had earlier argued that the police had not followed the proper procedure in submitting the electronic data before the court, following which the special court had then directed the accused to file an application in this regard.
The prosecution has now claimed before a Pune city court that people like former Supreme Court judge Justice P B Sawant were “used” by the so-called naxal “front organisations” to further their objectives.
The prosecutor told Special Judge K D Vadane that while Elgaar Parishad was organised “as per the objectives of the CPI-Maoist”, after the arrest of the accused, a “propaganda” was carried out to claim that the conclave was presided by Justice Sawant.
As the Pune Sessions Court rejects the bail plea of Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, and Sudha Bhardwaj in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, a look at the activists who were placed under house arrest for alleged links to Maoists.