Activist Arun Ferreira, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, told a special court on Friday that the electronic evidence that the prosecution relied on was recovered without valid authorisation, PTI reported.
The Pune Police arrested Ferreira on August 28, 2018. He is among the sixteen persons arrested for allegedly plotting the violence in Bhima Koregaon village near Pune in 2018. They were later accused of conspiring to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Ferreira has alleged that the emails exchanged between co-accused Rona Wilson and another accused person were intercepted by the Pune Police on four occasions in 2018.
“As per the panchnama and dates on the emails, these emails have been downloaded within an hour of being sent to the other email id, which is allegedly of one of the absconding accused,” Ferreira said, reported the Hindustan Times. “This falls under the definition of interception under IT Act.”
On Friday, Ferreira told a special court of the National Investigation Agency that he had filed an application two months ago, seeking directions to the prosecution to provide an order from a competent authority about sanctioned interceptions, PTI reported.
“As per a provision of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act [UAPA], such material shall not be received in evidence or otherwise disclosed in any trial, hearing or…