New Delhi, September 20
The espionage case lodged towards arrested freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma beneath the Official Secrets Act is “false” and the “evidence was planted” by the Delhi police, his lawyer claimed on Sunday.
The Delhi Police on Saturday mentioned Sharma, a resident of Pitampura, was allegedly passing delicate details about India’s border technique, Army’s deployment and procurement, and international coverage to Chinese intelligence businesses.
He was arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police in reference to a case beneath the Official Secrets Act as he was allegedly present in possession of defence-related labeled paperwork.
Senior advocate Adish Aggarwala, who’s representing the journalist, alleged that the police’s declare of discovering incriminating proof from his possession was “not true”.
“We are usually not denying that he was working for a Chinese information organisation. The solely dispute is the police’s declare that they’ve discovered incriminating proof, which isn’t true.
“The evidence was planted later on. On September 14, when the police took him in custody, they searched his house that night and no incriminating evidence was found. He is being framed in a false case. He has not committed any of offence,” Aggarwala informed PTI.
The advocate mentioned the police might have knowledgeable the media on the day of the arrest itself, however they didn’t “as nothing incriminating was found”.
“Once they (police) analysed and could not find any anything incriminating, they planted the evidence,” he additional alleged.
“They are not interrogating any official from the Defence Ministry. He must have found the documents from someone. It isn’t that he printed them at his home,” he claimed.
Aggarwala additionally alleged that Sharma’s household was not allowed entry to him, nor was any data concerning the allegations furnished to them.
“No copy of the FIR is uploaded online. Despite multiple requests, the police have not furnished a copy of the FIR. He was not given access to a lawyer when he was produced before a judge through video conferencing,” he mentioned and termed it “illegal”.
The lawyer mentioned the one factor the police had was that Sharma was working with a Chinese media organisation.
“Our country has not stopped business with China. A lot of people from China are working here and a lot many Indians are working there. There’s nothing wrong in that,” he mentioned.
Sharma’s counsel has filed a bail utility which is scheduled to return up for listening to on September 22 earlier than a Delhi courtroom. In the appliance, the counsel has mentioned that there’s “no risk of him running away from the process of justice”.
“The applicant has deep roots in society and is a revered senior journalist. His spouse can be Associate Professor at Venkateswara College, Delhi University. Therefore, there isn’t a threat of him working away from the method of justice.
“There is no chance of influencing any witness or tampering with any evidence. The investigation would no longer require custodial interrogation of the applicant, and he can join the investigation as and when directed,” the appliance said.
It added the accused was of 61-years-old and was “suffering from an acute case of sinus problems, and requires constant treatment from a nebulizer”.
“He has also undergone two surgeries for the same. Due to the same, he stands to be high risk to COVID-19. He is also a patient of high blood pressure, and taking medication for the same for the past decade,” it mentioned.
The journalist had despatched a number of paperwork within the type of studies to Chinese intelligence officers and obtained a good-looking remuneration in return, police alleged. PTI