New Delhi: NewsClick founder and Editor-in- Chief Prabir Purkayastha and the website’s Human Resource Head Amit Chakraborty on Monday approached the Supreme Court challenging his arrest and detention under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) over alleged Chinese funding to promote anti-national propaganda.
A bench of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Paridiwala and Manoj Misra asked senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the petitioners, to circulate the papers of the case and it would take a call on listing the matter.
Purkayastha and Chakraborty have moved the apex court challenging the Delhi High Court’s order upholding the trial court order remanding them to police custody. They have since been remanded to judicial custody.
They were arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police on October 3 after it searched 30 locations connected with the online news portal and its journalists in a case filed under the UAPA following allegations that it received money for pro-China propaganda.