New Delhi: Delhi Police on Saturday arrested a Delhi based freelance journalist, a woman from China and her associate from Nepal, claiming that the duo was paying “huge amounts of money” to journalist Rajeev Sharma for allegedly passing “sensitive information to Chinese intelligence.”
“Special Cell has arrested a freelance journalist, Rajeev Sharma, for passing sensitive information to Chinese intelligence. One Chinese lady and her Nepalese associate have also been arrested for paying him large amounts of money routed through shell companies. Chinese intelligence tasked the journalist for conveying sensitive information in lieu of large amounts of money,” the police told news agency Press Trust of India.
“A huge number of mobile phones, laptops and other incriminating/sensitive material have been recovered,” the police added.
On Friday, Delhi Police had arrested a freelance journalist, Rajeev Sharma, a resident of Pitampura Delhi, on the grounds of possession of “defence-related classified documents” allegedly in connection with a case under the Official Secrets Act.
“He was found to be in possession of some classified defence-related documents. The investigation is in progress and further details will be shared in due course,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Sanjeev Kumar Yadav had said on Friday.
The report quoted police saying that Sharma was getting $1,000 for each piece of information and was paid Rs 30 lakh in one-and-a-half years.
“He wrote on defence-related issues for China’s Global Times and was contacted by Chinese agents in 2016,” the police said.
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