Delhi Police has arrested a Chinese woman and her Nepalese associate for paying freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma for the sensitive information passed on to the Chinese intelligence.
“The Chinese intelligence had tasked the journalist to convey sensitive information in lieu of large sums of money routed through shell companies. A number of mobile phones, laptops, and other incriminating and sensitive material have also been seized,” said Sajeev Yadav, DCP, Special Cell of Delhi police.
The development comes after the Special Cell arrested journalist Rajeev Sharma, a resident of Pitampura in New Delhi under the Official Secrets Act.
“He was found to be in possession of some defence-related classified documents,” said the DCP.
Rajeev Sharma, who had worked for various newspapers and news agencies, was arrested on Monday and presented in a Delhi court the next day.
Sharma was sent in police custody for six days.
After his arrest, his Twitter account has also been restricted.
The Twitter flashed a message that his account showed suspicious activity and hence was restricted.
After his arrest, the Delhi Police seized his laptop and mobile phone, and scanned his CDR to know with whom he was in contact with.
Sources said that the Delhi Police had got secret information about his alleged involvement in procurement of classified documents.