The Enforcement Directorate on the 3rd of July stated that the agency arrested a journalist in Delhi, based on an illegal money-laundering case connected to supposed spillage and supply of important data to Chinese Intelligence Agencies. journalist Rajeev Sharma was detained under Section 43 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (2002), on the 1st of July and produced under a nearby court on the 2nd of July. The court conceded the ED to give 1 week for custody of Rajeev Sharma, the Delhi-based freelance journalist.
The Enforcement Directorate stated that its investigation tracked down that Rajeev Sharma had provided private and delicate data to Chinese Spy Agencies, in return for compensation accordingly compromising the national security and safety of the country. It was additionally uncovered that money for compensation of Rajeev Sharma and other people was being produced through a ‘hawala’ by a shell company that was controlled by Chinese people Zhang Cheng, Zhang Lixia alias Usha and other peoples”.
The agency claims that distant from cash, many cash transactions were made with different Chinese organizations and some other trading companies in the country, which are being inspected. These Chinese organizations were going about as a channel for the Chinese spy agencies to give compensation to people like Sharma who did crimes. He additionally got cash through unknown bank accounts to avoid noticing.
The Directorate of Enforcement’s case depends on a Delhi Police FIR recorded under the anti-espionage act and different sections of the Indian Penal Code against Rajeev Sharma last year, after which he was arrested by the special police branch on 14th September in 2020. The Police accused Rajeev Sharma of passing on data about the Indian Armed force’s deployment. Notwithstanding, later in Dec month in 2020, Rajeev Sharma was allowed bail by the High Court of Delhi following his petition that the charge sheet was not filed within 2 months of his arrest.