“NewsClick Case: HR Head Seeks Approver Status in Alleged Chinese Propaganda Probe”

"NewsClick Case: HR Head Seeks Approver Status in Alleged Chinese Propaganda Probe"

A significant turn has emerged in the NewsClick-Chinese propaganda case as Amit Chakravarty, the HR head of NewsClick, moved to become an approver, seeking pardon in connection with allegations of receiving foreign funds to propagate anti-India sentiments.

Chakravarty’s plea, presented before Special Judge Hardeep Kaur in Delhi, expressed willingness to disclose crucial information to the Delhi Police regarding the case. This development followed recent actions by the Patiala House Court granting a 60-day extension to Delhi Police for investigating Chakravarty and the news portal’s founder, Prabir Purkayastha.

The arrests of the NewsClick founder and HR head in October were linked to accusations of involvement in spreading anti-India propaganda, prompting raids at various locations, including residences of journalists affiliated with the news outlet. Both individuals faced charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), involving allegations of terrorism.

Additionally, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted searches at the firm’s premises, while a case under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) was filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The investigation was spurred by a report from the New York Times, revealing that NewsClick allegedly received β‚Ή38 crore from a US-based individual, Neville Roy Singham, purportedly associated with the Communist Party of China’s propaganda arm.

This new development underscores the complexity of the case, with Chakravarty’s move potentially shedding light on critical details linked to foreign funds and alleged anti-India narratives, further deepening the investigation into NewsClick’s financial transactions and connections with foreign entities.

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