Like the GST scam, in the Samachar Newsclick case too, Delhi Police Special Cell will make some accused journalists related to this case government witnesses. The police have taken this decision to strengthen the investigation of the case. Special cell for government witnesses: For some time now, the police has been repeatedly calling some accused journalists to the special cell office in Lodhi Colony and asking them to become witnesses.

Rakesh Kumar Singh, New Delhi. Newsclick controversy: Like the GST scam, in the news portal Newsclick case too, Delhi Police Special Cell has made some accused journalists related to the case government witnesses. The police have taken this decision to strengthen the investigation of the case.

Special cell for government witnesses: For some time now, the police has been repeatedly calling some accused journalists to the special cell office in Lodhi Colony and asking them to become witnesses.

The journalist was accused

Newsclick journalists have been accused of taking money from Chinese companies and providing sponsored news to them. In this case, Newsclick founder and editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha and human resources employee Amit Chakraborty were recently arrested by the panel under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Both the men were taken into custody and sent to jail after questioning.

According to sources, on the basis of interrogation, the police is busy collecting evidence against other people also. More arrests may be made on this basis. The action started on three fronts, involving the news portal owner, senior journalists associated with the portal and others.

case chronology

The First Emergency Room started investigating the money laundering case. Subsequently, a case was registered by the Delhi Police Special Cell under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and arrests were made. Subsequently, on October 11, the CBI raided two locations of Newsclick, including its office in Saidulazab, and conducted searches for several hours and questioned senior journalists of the news portal and other employees associated with the company.

The CBI is registering a case against the news portal, its directors and others for violating provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

The CBI said NewsClick was accused of illegally receiving money from Chinese companies. The company took crores of rupees from Chinese companies without permission, violating the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. To raise funds from abroad, any Indian company must first obtain permission from the Union Home Ministry with detailed guidelines.

Newsclick has been taking money from China for years without taking permission from the central government. The Education Bureau is also investigating money laundering cases. ED is finding out how much money NewsClick received and how that money was used. How much profit did the company make? Who gets how much? How is money transferred from abroad?

The raid lasted for 11 hours and spread across five cities.

On 3 October, the task force raided the offices of Newsclick in Saidulajab and the premises of more than 100 journalists and other personnel associated with it. The raids in five cities lasted for 11 hours. The police detained a total of 37 people from these locations and interrogated them for several hours. The team then arrested Newsclick founder and editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha and HR head Amit Chakraborty. The remaining 35 people were released.

Before NewsClick, the investigating agency had made three accused Raghav Magunta, businessman Dinesh Arora and Aurobindo Pharma director Sharad Reddy as government witnesses to strengthen the evidence in the Enforcement Directorate’s excise duty fraud case. In any case, being the testimony of the defendant government, their statements are considered strong evidence in court.

Report input- Rakesh Kumar Singh