A court in Delhi has extended journalist Rajeev Sharma’s custodial investigation by another week. The freelance journalist was arrested in a spy case registered against him under the Official Secrets Act, according to the reports of PTI. Sharma was alleged of providing information about the deployment of Indian Army and India’s border strategy to Chinese intelligence.
Delhi Police’s Special Cell arrested Rajeev Sharma on September 14. The police alleged that Sharma had classified defence-related documents in possession. He was produced in Delhi court the very next day and was ordered to police custody of six days.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Singh Rajawat also extended the custody of two of his associates by seven days – a Chinese woman and a Nepalese man. The journalist has been alleged to have received a huge amount of money from these two people in exchange for the classified information.
The three accused were brought to court on the expiry of their previous custody order on Monday.
Rajeev Sharma runs a YouTube channel with the name “Rajeev Kishkindha”. On September 14, the journalist had uploaded two videos. One video talked about China still looking for an opportunity to do “mischief” despite the talks with India amid border tensions. The other video condemned the condition of journalism in India.
The Press Club of India on Sunday defended Rajeev Sharma and criticized the Delhi Police for their imperious actions against the journalist. “We are astounded to hear of the arrest of Rajeev Sharma, a well-known independent journalist of long-standing and a member of the Press Club of India,” it had said in a statement.