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Key evidence against a group of Indian activists accused of plotting to overthrow the government was planted on a laptop seized by police, a new forensics report concludes, deepening doubts about a case viewed as a test of the rule of law under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
An attacker used malware to infiltrate a laptop belonging to one of the activists, Rona Wilson, before his arrest anddeposited at least 10 incriminating letters on the computer, according to a report from Arsenal Consulting, aMassachusetts-based digital forensics firm that examined an electronic copy of the laptop at the request of Wilson’slawyers.
Many of the activists have been jailed for more than two years without trial under a stringent anti-terrorism law.
Human rights groups and legal experts consider the case an attempt to suppress dissent in India, where governmentcritics have faced intimidation, harassment and arrest during Modi’s tenure.
Arsenal’s report on the Indian case does not identify the perpetrator of the cyberattack. The analysis, which has notbeen previously reported, was reviewed by The Washington Post. 
Three outside experts who reviewed the document at The Post’s request said the report’s conclusions were valid. 
Sudeep Pasbola, a lawyer representing Wilson, said the Arsenal report proved his client’s innocence and “destabilizes”the prosecution case against the activists. 
On Wednesday, Wilson’s lawyers included the report in a petition filed in theHigh Court of Bombay urging judges to dismiss the case against their client.
Jaya Roy, a spokeswoman for the National Investigation Agency, the anti-terrorism authority overseeing the casesagainst the activists, said that the forensic analysis of Wilson’s laptop conducted by law enforcement did not show anyevidence of malware on the device. She added that there was “substantial documentary and oral evidence” against the individuals charged in the case.
More than a dozen activists have been targeted in the investigation. They include Wilson, a Delhi-based activist, as wellas a labor lawyer, a prominent academic, a poet and a priest. 
All are advocates for the rights of India’s most underprivileged communities, including tribal peoples and Dalits, formerly known as “untouchables.”
They’re also outspoken opponents of Modi’s government. They have denied the charges, which accuse them of workingwith a banned Maoist militant group to wage an insurgency against the Indian state.

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