Police Extend Detention of Computer Scientist

Police authorities in India have announced plans to extend the detention of a computer scientist arrested earlier who pointed to security flaws in an electronic voting system.

A metropolitan court magistrate in Mumbai denied a motion to to release Hari Prasad on bail prior to Aug. 28. Prasad was arrested when he refused to divulge the source who gave him an electronic voting machine to use in his research. The government had refused to supply him with a machine for security testing.

“This is a very sensitive case with repercussions at the national level and police should be given time,“ Magistrate V B Srikhande said in court on Thursday, according to The Times of India.

Prasad claims to have obtained the machine legally and returned it within two days.

“We are conducting a thorough probe to find out who was actually behind it, why it has been done and whether there is a conspiracy to discredit India’s election process,“ an unnamed official told the publication.

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