Court dismisses bail plea of scribe Rajeev Sharma in espionage case

Court dismisses bail plea of scribe Rajeev Sharma in espionage case

Rajeev Sharma. File photo

New Delhi, September 29

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 said that 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 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,” PTI

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