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NewsClick founder, HR head move Supreme Court against arrest in UAPA case

Earlier, the two moved the high court challenging the arrest as well as the seven-day police custody and sought immediate release as interim relief which was dismissed by the Delhi HC.

Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika New Delhi Published on: October 16, 2023 12:43 IST
NewsClick founder Prabir Purkayastha
Image Source : PTI/FILE NewsClick founder Prabir Purkayastha

NewsClick founder Prabir Purkayastha and its Human Resources head Amit Chakravarty moved the Supreme Court on Monday contesting the Delhi High Court's refusal to interfere with their arrest and police remand in a case lodged under the UAPA.

A bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Misra took note of the submissions of senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, appearing for Purkayastha and Chakravarty, that the matter needed urgent hearing and asked him to circulate the case papers.

"This is the NewsClick matter. The journalists are in police custody. Here one of the accused is a 75-year old man,” Sibal said. The CJI said he will take a call on the listing.

Delhi HC dismisses plea against arrest, remand 

On October 13, a Delhi High Court bench dismissed the plea against the arrest and subsequent police remand of Purkayastha and Chakravarty in the case. Both were arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police on October 3.

They subsequently moved the high court challenging the arrest as well as the seven-day police custody and sought immediate release as interim relief. On October 10, the trial court sent them to judicial custody for 10 days. A case has been lodged against the two under anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for allegedly receiving money to spread pro-China propaganda. 

What does police FIR say?

According to the FIR, a large amount of funds to the news portal came from China to "disrupt the sovereignty of India" and cause disaffection against the country. It also alleged Purkayastha conspired with a group -- People's Alliance for Democracy and Secularism (PADS) -- to sabotage the electoral process during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

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