Scribe Rajeev Sharma arrested for allegedly passing sensitive info to China

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"Both the Chinese woman and her associate were directors of shell companies in Delhi's Mahipalpur area and they would export medicines to China and in return, would get huge money which they gave to their agents here", Yadav said.

Special Cell DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav said Sharma was allegedly contacted by Chinese intelligence officer Michael in 2016 and the scribe shared sensitive information with him till 2018.

Here are the excerpts from the Delhi Police Special's press briefing about Rajiv Sharma: "On interrogation, Rajeev Sharma has disclosed his involvement in the procurement of secret/ sensitive information and further conveying the same to his Chinese handlers namely Michael and George, based in Kunming, China, through different digital channels". In last two years, he is said to have received Rs 40 lakh, according to the police. The accused was sent to a 6-day police custody.

"Laptop, confidential documents related to the Indian Defense department and other incriminating documents were recovered [from Sharma]", Yadav added.

"Observing those columns, Michael from Kunming city of China contacted Sharma and invited him to Kunming city for an interview in a media company", police said in a statement. Many journalists say that Sharma boasted of his proximity with Ajit Doval from 2014.

On 7 September, Mr. Sharma wrote a piece for Global Times, titled "A rapprochement road map for Beijing and New Delhi benefits both countries", in which he said, "The steady deterioration of bilateral relations since the night of May 5, when the latest standoff began, has practically evaporated all the diplomatic gains of the past years in one stroke".

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The PCI said it is "astounded to hear of the arrest of Rajeev Sharma, a well-known independent journalist of long standing and a member of the club".

The police alleged that Sharma had been "tasked" to provide inputs on the Indian deployment on the Bhutan-Sikkim-China tri-junction, including Doklam, and the pattern of India-Myanmar military co-operation, among other matters.

During the meeting, George asked Rajeev Sharma to write/ inform about Dalai Lama related issues.

Sharma came in contact with George in January 2019.

Yadav said it was revealed during investigation that shell companies were being operated by foreign intelligence to transfer funds to Sharma.

Forensic analysis of the seized mobile phones and laptops is being conducted to unearth the entire network and conspiracy.

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