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Arrested scribe Rajeev Sharma was passing info about India’s border strategy to Chinese: Delhi Police

"Chinese intelligence tasked the journalist for conveying sensitive information in lieu of large amounts of money," police said.

Rajeev sharma espionage case, delhi journalist spy case, delhi journalist defence spy case, enforcement directorate, defence ministry, delhi police, delhi city newsThe investigating team will also be writing to the Enforcement Directorate to probe the alleged illegal financial transactions made by the accused persons. (File)

The Delhi Police on Saturday said arrested freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma was passing sensitive information about India’s border strategy and Army deployment to Chinese intelligence.

At a press conference, Special Cell DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav said Sharma was writing on defence-related issues for some Indian media organisations, as well as China’s Global Times.

He was contacted by Chinese Intelligence agents in 2016. Sharma was also in contact with some Chinese intelligence officer, the police officer said, adding the freelance journalist got Rs 40 lakh in one-and-a-half years and he was getting USD 1,000 for each information.

Sharma was arrested on September 14 based on inputs from central intelligence. Police have seized classified defence documents from him, the DCP said.

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He said that a Chinese woman and her Nepalese associate have also been arrested for allegedly paying Sharma large amounts of money routed through shell companies.

 

First published on: 19-09-2020 at 01:11:30 pm
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