The Pune Police has recently opposed a petition filed by Rona Wilson who an accused in the Elgaar Parishad case. The activist was seeking to quash a chargesheet filed against him, claiming the charges were based on material planted in his electronic devices. This information on the planted material, comes from a report released by US based, Arsenal Consulting.
According to the Arsenal Consulting report an unknown hacker had planted more than 30 documents on the Rona Wilson’s computer. His system was infected with malware, planted through an email, on June 13, 2016, two years prior to his arrest on June 6, 2018.
In a statement issued on Twitter, firm’s president Mark Spencer said that his team worked relentlessly on the massive volume of electronic data provided to us in the Bhima Koregaon case.
“The attacker responsible for compromising Wilson’s laptop had extensive resources including time and it is obvious that their primary goals were surveillance and incriminating document delivery,” As per the report.
The Pune Police in response to this stated that the forensic report of the consultancy was not a part of the chargesheet. It can be looked into by the trial court and needs to be dealt with by the high court currently.
The police added that the petition filed by Wilson, challenging the Maharashtra Govt.’s sanction to arrest him under the UAPA, was “premature”. They submitted that such a sanction was not “improper” as sanctioning authority had ‘correctly granted the same’.
The NIA which took over the case in January 2020, opposed Wilson’s plea along with co-accused Shoma Sen’s petition which was similar to Wilson’s. The NIA in its affidavit “stoutly” denied the allegations and stated that the allegations levelled by petitioners of “planting documents in his laptop” were “uncalled for”.