7 Oct 2023

NewsClick Responds To Allegations In Delhi Police FIR

New Delhi: The NewsClick portal has strongly denied the allegations made against it by the Delhi Police in an FIR filed under the anti-terror law UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act). The Delhi Police has alleged that a substantial amount of funds came from China to disrupt India's sovereignty and cause disaffection against the country as part of a larger criminal conspiracy. 

Police have also accused Neville Roy Singham, an active member of the propaganda department of the Communist Party of China, of fraudulently infusing foreign funds into NewsClick.

NewsClick has rejected these allegations, asserting that it has not received any funding or instructions from China or Chinese entities. They claim that their reporting and coverage, which is publicly available online, demonstrate the accuracy of their claims. The portal expressed confidence in the country's judicial system and believes that its position will ultimately be vindicated.

Similar allegations were made in the past by multiple govt agencies: NewsClick

NewsClick mentioned that similar allegations have been made in the past by multiple government agencies, including the Enforcement Directorate, the Economic Offences Wing, Delhi Police, and the income tax department. However, none of these investigations led to chargesheets or complaints over the last three years.

'Latest FIR was lodged to bypass interim protection eatlier granted to Purkayastha'

The statement issued by NewsClick also highlights that founder and editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha and HR head Amit Chakravarty were arrested after raids at nearly 88 locations related to the portal and its journalists. NewsClick alleges that the latest FIR was registered to bypass interim protection previously granted to Purkayastha and to carry out arrests under the draconian UAPA.

NewsClick disclosed that Purkayastha was given a copy of the FIR only on Thursday night, following the directions of the Special Judge, Patiala House. They promptly moved the Delhi High Court seeking the quashing of the FIR and the release of Purkayastha and Chakravarty from police custody.

Police plan to question ten individuals named in FIR, including senior scribes

The Delhi Police has registered the FIR under several sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Indian Penal Code, accusing NewsClick of receiving foreign funds from China with the intent to disrupt India's sovereignty and cause disaffection against the country. 

It has also been reported that the police plan to question ten individuals named in the FIR, including senior journalists and contributors associated with NewsClick.

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