A Delhi Court on Friday reserved an order in the bail plea moved by freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma in connection with a case alleging that he supplied confidential information to Chinese Officials, in exchange for remuneration.
Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana reserved the order after hearing Advocates Amish Aggarwala, Aditya Singh Jakha, and Karan Ahuja appearing on behalf of Rajeev Sharma and Enforcement Directorate.
The order will be pronounced on Saturday.
Earlier this week, the Court had sent Sharma to 14 days judicial remand on the expiry of his Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody.
ED had initiated an investigation on the basis of an FIR filed against Rajeev Sharma under the provisions of IPC, Official Secrets Act. It was the case of ED that Sharma had supplied confidential information to Chinese Officials in return for some remuneration thereby comprising the security and national interest of the Country.
However, it has been alleged that along with Sharma’s case, the ED is mischievously carrying out the instant parallel proceedings pursuant to the investigation carried out by the Special Cell in order to harass him. It was also submitted that he can explain each and every minute detail of the payments received by him and that he was absolutely innocent.
The Court had earlier sent Sharma to 7 days Enforcement Directorate’s custody on July 3 after observing that the custodial interrogation was necessary owing to the intricate nature of the investigation.
Leakage of sensitive information to Chinese intelligence officers: Delhi court reserves order on bail plea of journalist Rajeev Sharma.
He was arrested by ED on charges of supplying confidential & sensitive information to Chinese intelligence officers in exchange for money
— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2021
A press release issued by the ED stated:
“During the investigation, it was revealed that Rajeev Sharma had supplied confidential and sensitive information to Chinese intelligence officers, in exchange for remuneration of Rajeev Sharma and other unknown persons was being generated through hawala means by Mahipalpur based shell companies that were run by Chinese nationals namely Zhang ChengSuraj, Zhang Lixia @ Usha and Quing Shi along with a Nepali national Sher Singh Raj Bohara.” “Apart from cash, huge transactions were made with various Chinese companies and some other trading companies in India which are being examined. These Chinese companies were acting as a conduit for the Chinese Intelligence agencies to provide remuneration for persons like Rajeev Sharma indulged in criminal activities. Rajeev Sharma also received money through benami bank accounts in order to conceal his involvement in criminal activities.”