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Police motion towards freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma ‘high-handed’, says Press Club of India – India News , Firstpost

Condemning Sharma’s arrest, the Press Club of India additionally mentioned that the police ought to present pertinent particulars ‘so {that a} defence could also be potential to assemble’

File picture of freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma. ANI

New Delhi: The Press Club of India (PCI) on Saturday referred to as the arrest of freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma by Delhi Police “high-handed” and alleged that it “may be inspired by obscure or questionable considerations”.

The Delhi Police on Saturday mentioned Sharma was allegedly passing delicate details about India’s border technique and Army deployment and procurement to Chinese intelligence companies.

Sharma was arrested September 14.

In an announcement, the PCI demanded that in all instances of arrests of journalists wherever within the nation, “the police must be required to inform the Press Council of India as well as the self-regulatory body of the broadcast media on an immediate basis”.

It additionally mentioned that the police ought to present pertinent particulars “so that a defence may be possible to construct”.

The PCI mentioned it’s “astounded to hear of the arrest of Rajeev Sharma, a well-known independent journalist of long standing and a member of the club”.

“This is on account of the dubious track record of the Special Cell. More generally also, the record of Delhi Police is hardly a shining one,” it mentioned.

“On the basis of the statement of the police released to the media, we have no hesitation in saying that the police action is high-handed, and may be inspired by obscure or questionable considerations,” the PCI alleged.

The PCI additionally cited the occasion of Iftikhar Gilani, a senior journalist with Kashmir Times, who was arrested in 2002 “on the trumped up charge of tracking the Army’s movements in Kashmir and keeping his so-called pay masters informed”.

Subsequently, a Delhi journalist, who wrote for Iran’s official information company, was additionally arrested for taking part in within the palms of the Iranian secret service, the PCI mentioned.

“His family also was made to run from pillar to post — all to no avail. Eventually it became clear that the whole case was bogus and the journalist was freed,” it mentioned.

The PCI assertion additionally mentioned that the arrests of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Jamia Millia Islamia students equivalent to Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and others had been performed “acting on a political bias”.

“Of late, Delhi Police, including its Special Cell, have made preposterous arrests under the lawless law called UAPA (Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act) in which the word of the government is enough to keep an innocent person behind bars for long periods. These have happened in matters relating to anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) protests and the carefully designed communal killings in the so-called February 2020 riots in northeast Delhi,” the PCI mentioned.

The assertion mentioned Sharma wrote on strategic affairs and “may well have accessed routinely over-classified information on the Internet that is in the public domain”.

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