A freelance journalist from Delhi who was involved in leaking sensitive information about India’s border strategy and deployment of army personnel to Chinese intelligence has been arrested, the police said on Saturday. The police claimed to have busted a major spying operation amid the growing tensions between India and China.
The Delhi Police also mentioned that they have arrested a Chinese woman and her Nepalese ally. They further said that the two were paying huge sums of money to freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma for allegedly providing sensitive information that could affect national security.
“Special Cell has arrested a freelance journalist, Rajeev Sharma, for passing sensitive information to Chinese intelligence. One Chinese lady and her Nepalese associate have also been arrested for paying him large amounts of money routed through shell companies. Chinese intelligence tasked the journalist for conveying sensitive information in lieu of large amounts of money,” the police said.
“Huge number of mobile phones, laptops and other incriminating and sensitive material have been recovered,” the police added.
Rajeev Sharma, accredited with the Press Information Bureau (PIB), lived in Delhi’s Pitampura. He was arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell on Monday.
“He was found to be in possession of some classified defence-related documents. The investigation is in progress and further details will be shared in due course,” senior police officer Sanjeev Kumar Yadav had told the media on Friday.
As per the police, Rajeev used to get $1,000 for each piece of information that he leaked, and in total was paid ₹ 30 lakh in one-and-a-half years. The police added that he used to write on defence-related issues for Chinese mouthpiece Global Times and was contacted by Chinese agents in 2016.