This Article is From Oct 21, 2020

Court Rejects Bail Plea Of Journalist Arrested Under Official Secrets Act

Delhi Police Special Cell had alleged that Rajeev Sharma, arrested on September 14, was "found to be in possession of some defence-related classified documents".

Court Rejects Bail Plea Of Journalist Arrested Under Official Secrets Act

Journalist Rajeev Sharma was arrested on September 14. (File)

New Delhi:

A Delhi court has dimissed the bail of freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma arrested in an espionage case under the Official Secrets Act, saying if released on bail, he may attempt to hamper the investigation.

Delhi Police Special Cell had alleged that Rajeev Sharma, arrested on September 14, was "found to be in possession of some defence-related classified documents".

It said that the other two accused -- a Chinese woman and a Nepalese man - were allegedly paying Sharma large amounts of money routed through shell companies.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Singh Rajawat, who passed the order on Monday, observed "If a journalist who is an important brick in the Fourth pillar of democracy decides to act with the intention to destabilize and negatively impact the sustainability and survival of democracy, that would be a darkest day in the Free Press Movement."