Police intercept email between Ganapathy, Rao

Mubarak Ansari
Tuesday, 23 October 2018

According to the Pune police, they have recovered several letters from computer of the arrested persons, including a letter in which they talk about ways to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi like former PM Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. 

Pune: District government pleader Ujjwala Pawar on Monday informed a special court that Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao had contacted Chandrashekhar alias Ganapathy, the general secretary of the banned CPI(Maoist) via e-mail. Ganapathy reportedly expressed his concern over seizure of various documents by (Pune) police after the arrest of five Maoist sympathisers.

There two emails were intercepted by the police, she said and submitted the printouts in the court of special judge K D Wadne. The court is hearing arguments on the bail application submitted by the arrested suspects in the Elgar Parishad case. 

Nagpur-based lawyer Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut, Prof Shoma Sen and Sudhir Dhawle were arrested by Pune city police in June for their alleged role in organising Elgar Parishad and their connection with CPI (Maoist). 

Pawar submitted that in the email communication (dated July 4) Ganapathy asked Rao as to how the documents were seized by the police and which technology is being used by police and intelligence agencies to find these confidential letters. Rao replied on July 14 that he will take extreme care. “The defence lawyers have been arguing that police have fabricated letters. But these email communications show that the top brass of the CPI (Maoist) have accepted that their letters have been seized by the police,” Pawar argued. 

According to the Pune police, they have recovered several letters from computer of the arrested persons, including a letter in which they talk about ways to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi like former PM Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. 

Pawar also opposed the bail applications submitted by Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferriera and Vernon Gonsalves in the case.
 
Advocate Ragini Ahuja, counsel for Bharadwaj, submitted that the emails are not signed and unverified, hence, they cannot be believed. “Rao’s bail hearing is yet to resume. Also there is no mention of Bhardwaj in the emails. She should be granted protection from arrest. The Delhi High Court has already quashed transit remand of activist Gautam Navlakha,” she argued. The arguments in the case will continue on Tuesday.

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