New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) carried out a search operation on Wednesday at the premises of Prabir Purkayastha, the founder of NewsClick. The CBI initiated this action following the registration of a case that alleges a violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA).
This move occurred a day after a Patiala House court had ordered the detention of Mr. Purkayastha and Amit Chakraborty, the human resources head of NewsClick, for a period of 10 days in connection with a case filed under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) by the Delhi police.
Previously, the police had presented evidence in court indicating that email exchanges revealed direct communication between the two accused individuals and Neville Roy Singham, an American millionaire based in Shanghai. The discussions in these emails reportedly involved plans to depict a map of Bharat without Kashmir and to label Arunachal Pradesh as a disputed region.
The police, in their remand application, alleged that the accused individuals, under the pretext of receiving foreign funds, channelled an amount exceeding Rs. 115 crore into various companies, including PPK NewsClick, GSPAN India, JJ Enterprises, and Virtunet System, all with the intention of furthering the aforementioned objectives.
Furthermore, the police have put forth claims that Mr. Purkayastha conspired with a group called the People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism to disrupt the electoral process during the 2019 general election.