Indian journalist arrested for allegedly smuggling sensitive info to Chinese intel: Report

China slams Indian media for negative Rajeev Sharma's ties with Global Times
Rajeev Sharma. Image courtesy of ANI

New Delhi police special cell says it has arrested freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma for allegedly being caught passing sensitive national information to Chinese intel sources, journalist Aditya Raj Kaul reports on Twitter.

The arrest came under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) after Sharma was found possessing a large amount of ‘classified national security documents,’ ready for smuggling. He was produced against the magistrate on September 15th and sent for 6-days police custody.

According to the report, Chinese intelligence had bribed the freelance journalist to ferry sensitive national security information in return for huge money.

A Chinese woman along with a Nepalese partner was also arrested for allegedly transferring huge sums of money to Rajeev Sharma via shell companies.

Huge numbers of digital devices like laptops and smartphones containing sensitive information were recovered from the possession of Sharma, the report states.

Journalist Rajeev Sharma is remarkable for his op-ed recent op-ed in the Chinese state-owned media Global Times, where he wrote an article titled: A rapprochement road map for Beijing and New Delhi benefits both countries.

“This is not the time to split hairs about who is right and who is wrong. The reality is bilateral relations have been wrecked – perhaps by the two sides’ own respective decisions and moves, or perhaps because of extraneous factors or actors,” Sharma wrote on the post in Global Times op-ed.

“He is a resident of Pitampura and was arrested by the southwestern range of Special Cell of the Delhi Police. He was produced before the magistrate the next day, following which he was taken into police custody for six days. He was found to be in possession of some defense-related classified documents. Investigation of the case is in progress,” DCP (Special Cell) Sanjeev Kumar Yadav was quoted as saying by Indian Express Newspaper.

Hours before his arrest, Sharma’s Twitter account, where he has 5.3k followers showed a cautionary message: “Caution: This account is temporarily restricted. You’re seeing this warning because there has been some unusual activity from this account.”

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