Elgar Parishad: Pawar refuses to share cloned copies of seized docs
However, Arun Ferreira, Surendra Gadling, and advocate Shahid Akhtar representing Mahesh Raut, demanded the cloned copies in one form or the otherUpdated: May 17, 2019 16:55 IST
Hindustan Times, Pune
Ujjwala Pawar, Pune district government pleader, refused to share cloned copies of the documents seized from the activists, arrested in Elgar Parishad case,with them.
In response to an application demanding cloned copies of seized documents filed by the accused, Pawar, in her submission to the court of Special Judge KD Vadane on Thursday said that she would not share the documents.
Pawar in her say, said, “There is a high possibility that the accused may misuse the highly sensitive data, contained in the electronic devices, which include incriminating files, encrypted files, deleted data and email communication.”
The say further reads, "The absconding accused may transfer the said data to Communist Party of India (Maoist). However, if the court decides to let the accused have access to the documents, it can be done under the supervision of a scientific expert."
However, Arun Ferreira, Surendra Gadling, and advocate Shahid Akhtar representing Mahesh Raut, demanded the cloned copies in one form or the other.
Ferreira, as well as Gadling, pointed out a court document dated December 20, 2018, where the prosecution had agreed to share the copies of the documents seized during the house raids conducted at the accused people’s houses during their arrest.
“If they are refusing to give the complete forensic laboratory report, this entire case is a scam. They should withdraw the case,” said Ferreira.
“The documents on which the prosecution is relying should be provided to the accused,” said Gadling.“I had read in media reports that the investigating officer had said there is 25 TB of data. However, in court he provided 4 hard disks of 500 GB each. How did 25TB data fit into 2TB space,” he added.
While the debate of provision of cloned copies is on, the bail application and various other applications, including the one regarding living conditions of the accused, are pending in the court.
First Published: May 17, 2019 16:55 IST