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Delhi High Court adjourns bail plea of journalist Rajeev Sharma to September 20

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New Delhi Sept 9(ILNS): The Delhi High Court has adjourned its hearing till September 20, in a bail plea by Delhi-based freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma, who was arrested in connection with a money-laundering probe linked to alleged supply of sensitive information to Chinese intelligence agencies.

The Bench comprised of Justice Mukta Gupta was informed by Additional Solicitor General S.V. Raju, that an application has been moved by the Enforcement Directorate under Section 14 of the Official Secrets Act, 1923, praying for the court proceedings to be held in-camera, as there are sensitive documents involved.

Senior Counsel Mohit Mathur, representing Sharma, opposed the application claiming that these are not proceedings under the Official Secrets Act.

The Bench placed the matter at the “End of the Board’. However, when the matter was called out at the end of the board, the Bench was informed that Mr. Mathur and Mr. Raju were on legs in some other matter. 

The Bench had, on previous occasions, sought a response from ED in the matter, and directed the agency to file a status report within two weeks. Recently, a Delhi Court took cognizance of the charge sheet filed against Sharma under Section 3 and 4 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, for alleged involvement in a money laundering case. 

On September 14 last year, Sharma was arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police in connection with the alleged leak of confidential information to Chinese intelligence agencies. A Chinese woman and a person of Nepali origin were also arrested on the trial of Sharma, for allegedly running shell companies through which they received money from Chinese agencies. Sharma was granted regular bail by the Delhi High Court in December last year. Subsequently, on July 1, 2021, ED arrested Sharma on the basis of the case filed by the Delhi Police last year./ILNS/BG/KR/SNG

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