The Delhi Police has arrested a freelance journalist identified as Rajeev Sharma under Official Secrets Act (OSA) for supplying sensitive information to Chinese intelligence officers and having defence related classified documents in possession. Sharma was taken into custody on 14th of September and was interrogated over past six days.
According to Delhi Police, Sharma was passing sensitive defence information to Chinese intelligence officers. From his possession, laptop and several classified documents concerning the security and defence were recovered. The police has also nabbed Sharma’s two associates, one Chinese lady Qing Shi and her Nepalese partner, Sher Singh alias Raj Bohra, who were found supplying him huge amounts of money through hawala routed channels for his service to Chinese intelligence.
As per Delhi Police sources, during interrogation, Sharma confessed his involvement in procuring classified documents in India and supplying the same to his handlers namely Michael and George in China. He further disclosed that he was all set to send the documents to his Chinese handlers which the police have now seized.
Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, DCP, Special Cell, Delhi Police, revealed that the money was routed to Sharma through Shell companies. The companies used for this purpose were MZ pharmacy and MZ malls, established by a Chinese national namely Jhang Chang and his wife Chang-li-lia under the fake names of Suraj and Usha. The two are now in China and on their behalf, the business was being run by the two associates of Sharma.
Forensic analysis of seized mobile phones and laptops is being conducted to unearth the entire network and conspiracy in this case. Identities and roles of other foreign nationals involved in the conspiracy are also being ascertained
Further investigation is in progress.
A resident of Pitampura in Delhi, Rajeev Sharma is a journalist by profession and had been writing on defence related issues for over two decades now. He was one of the regular contributors to the Global Times, widely regarded as the mouthpiece of China’s Communist regime.
He had earlier worked with the likes of United News of India, The Tribune, Free Press Journal, Saakaal and others as a journalist. He also contributed to digital platforms such as The Quint and DailyO. Sharma also ran a YouTube channel of his own named ‘Rajeev Kishkindha’, which has around 11,900 subscribers.
The police, thus far has remained tight lipped on the nature of the classified documents retrieved from his possession or how he managed to procure them. His bail plea has been listed for 22nd September.