Elgar Parishad case: Jailed professor Shoma Sen moves Bombay HC against UAPA charges

Sen said that the electronic evidence submitted by the NIA 'holds no value' as according to a digital forensics report '10 incriminating letters' were inserted on Rona Wilson's laptop by a cyberattacker before his arrest

Press Trust of India April 15, 2021 00:15:16 IST
Elgar Parishad case: Jailed professor Shoma Sen moves Bombay HC against UAPA charges

Mumbai: Professor Shoma Sen, an accused in the Elgar-Parishad Maoists links case, has moved the Bombay High Court challenging the charges invoked against her under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The academic was arrested in June 2018 and has been lodged in the Byculla women's prison in Mumbai since then.

In her plea filed earlier this month in the high court, Sen has cited a report of a US-based digital forensics firm that claimed a cyber attacker had used malware to infiltrate a laptop belonging to activist Rona Wilson before his arrest, and inserted at least 10 incriminating letters on his computer.

Wilson is Sen's co-accused in the case and had himself approached the high court in February this year for a stay on proceedings against him and the others citing the report.

Sen has said in her plea that the entire case against her was built on electronic evidence that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) claimed to have recovered from Wilson's computer.

In light of the US firm's report, such evidence must not hold value in the eyes of law, she has said.

Her counsel Rahul Arote said the plea is yet to be assigned a date of hearing in the high court.

Sen had applied for bail on medical grounds in March last year.

She had cited several ailments that she suffered from and said they made her more susceptible to contracting COVID- 19 while in jail.

A special NIA court, however, had rejected her bail plea.

The case pertains to the "Elgar Parishad" conclave held in Pune on 31 December, 2017, which, the police alleged, was funded by Maoists.

The NIA later took over the probe into the case in which over a dozen activists and academicians have been named as accused.

The accused have been booked under the anti-terror act UAPA and other relevant laws.

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