NewsClick editor and HR head were arrested on allegations of taking plutocrat to spread China’s propaganda. Now, CBI’ll probe alleged FCRA violations.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday registered a case against NewsClick for alleged violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. quests are being carried out at two locales in Delhi– the office and the hearthstone of NewsClick author Prabir Purkayastha. The inauguration of the CBI inquiry into the case comes a day after a Delhi court transferred Prabir Purkayastha and NewsClick HR head Amit Chakravarty to 10- day judicial guardianship. The brace were arrested in a case under the UAPA for allegations that the news gate took plutocrat to spreadpro-China propaganda. Read| NewsClick author conspired to sabotage 2019 pates, siphoned off finances FIR
On October 3, Purakayastha and Chakravarty were arrested and the NewsClick office was sealed. According to the FIR, a large quantum of finances to the news gate came from China to” disrupt the sovereignty of India” and beget souring against the country. It also contended Purkayastha conspired with a group– People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism( PADS)– to sabotage the electoral process during the 2019 Lok Sabha pates.
Raids were conducted by CBI at 88 locales in Delhi and seven in other countries on October 3 on the suspects named in the FIR and those that surfaced in the analysis of data, police said. Around 300 electronic widgets were also seized from the services of NewsClick and the places of the intelligencers who were examined. Following the raids, 46 individualities, including nine womanish intelligencers, were questioned by the Special Cell in Delhi and NCR.
NewsClick issued a statement and said the proceedings initiated against the gate are nothing but a blatant attempt to muzzle the free and independent press in India.
NewsClick rejected Chinese fund allegation
” The Newsclick has not entered any backing or instructions from China or Chinese realities. Further, Newsclick has noway committed or sought to encourage violence, secession or any illegal act in any manner whatsoever.A perusal of Newsclick’s content, which is freely available online, should be sufficient to indicate the veracity of Newsclick’s claims,” it said.
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