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FREELANCE JOURNALIST ARRESTED FOR PASSING SENSITIVE INFORMATION TO CHINESE INTELLIGENCE.

September 20, 2020 09:30 AM

ONE CHINESE LADY AND HER NEPALESE ASSOCIATE ALSO ARRESTED FOR PAYING HIMLARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY ROUTED THROUGH SHELL COMPANIES.CHINESE INTELLIGENCE TASKED THE JOURNALIST FOR CONVEYING SENSITIVEINFORMATION IN LIEU OF LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY& LUXURY HOLIDAYS,  INFORMATION CONVEYED RELATED TO ARMY MOVEMENTS, DEFENSE ACQUISITIONS,DALAI LAMA, FOREIGN POLICY ETC.➢ SHELL COMPANY WAS BEING JOINTLY OPERATED BY CHINESE AND NEPALESENATIONALS FOR FUNDING THE ESPIONAGE OPERATION.

 New Delhi (Face2News)

The Special Cell has arrested one Rajeev Sharma (61) s/o Lt Sh. Rattan Lal Sharma, a journalist found working for Chinese intelligenceofficers. During the search of the house of Rajeev Sharma in Pitampura, New Delhi one Laptop, some confidential documents related to Indian Defencedepartment and some other incriminating documents were recovered & seized. 

Further, during his police custody remand, one Chinese lady Qing Shi andher Nepalese partner Sher Singh @ Raj Bohra have been also arrested who werefound supplying him huge amounts of money routed through Hawala Channels forconveying sensitive information to Chinese Intelligence.

BACKGROUND:  Me. Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, DCP, Special Cell, said on Saturday, a few days back, a secret input was received from an Intelligence Agency that one RajeevSharma R/o SG-2, St. Xavier Apartment, Pitampura, New Delhi is having linkswith Foreign Intelligence Officer and he has been receiving funds from hishandler through illegal means & Western Union money transfers platform forconveying sensitive information, which concerns National Security and Foreignrelations. A case Vide FIR no. 230/2020, u/s 3/4/5 Official Secrets Act, PSSpecial Cell, Delhi was registered on 13-09-2020. Thereafter, above mentionedRajeev Sharma was arrested on 14.09.2020 and a Search Warrant was obtained forsearching his residential premises.

INTERROGATION: On interrogation, Rajeev Sharma has disclosedhis involvement in procurement of secret/sensitive information and furtherconveying the same to his Chinese handlers namely Michael and George, based inKunming, China, through different digital channels. He further disclosed thathe was about to send/convey these recovered secret documents to his handlers.In the past also, he had sent several documents in the form of reports to hishandlers and got a handsome remuneration for the same. 

During investigation, it is revealed that shell companies are being operated by foreign intelligence to transfer funds to Rajiv Sharma. It is revealed that Chinese nationals namelyJhang Chang and his wife Chang-li-lia were running the companies MZ Pharmacyand MZ Malls, under fake names Suraj and Usha. They are both presently in Chinaand on their behalf, another Chinese lady Qing Shi and one Raj Bhora, a NepaliNational (both directors of MZ Pharmacy) are presently operating the businessfrom Mahipalpur. Both, Qing Shi (age 30 yrs) and Sher Singh @ Raj Bohra (age 30yrs) have also been arrested. Furtherinvestigation with respect to the Chinese shell companies based in Mahipalpuris in progress.  

During the period of 2010-2014, he wrote a weekly column for GLOBAL TIMES, widely known as a mouthpiece of the Chinese govt. Observing those columns, one Chinese intelligence agent named Michael from Kunming city of China contacted RajeevSharma through his LINKEDIN account and invited him to Kunming China for aninterview in a Chinese Media Company.

The entire trip was funded by Michael. During, the meeting, Michael and his junior Xou asked Rajeev Sharma to provideinputs on various aspects of India-China relations. Between, 2016 to 2018Rajeev Sharma was in contact with Michael and Xou. He was tasked to provide theinformation/inputs on issues like Indian deployment on Bhutan-Sikkim-Chinatri-junction including Doklam, the pattern of India-Myanmar militaryco-operation, India-China boundary issue etc. Subsequently, Rajeev Sharma hadmeetings with Michael and Xou in Laos and Maldives once each and gave briefingson the above-mentioned topics. Besides these visits, Rajeev Sharma was also incontact with Michael and Xou through e-mail and social media. 

In January,2019, Rajeev Sharma came in contact with another Kunming based Chinese entityGeorge. He visited Kunming China via Kathmandu and met George. George wasintroduced as a General Manager of a Chinese Media Company. During the meeting,George asked Rajeev Sharma to write/inform about Dalai Lama related issues.

For this Rajeev Sharma was offered 500 USD per article/information. George toldRajeev Sharma that they will send him money through his company’s sisterconcern based in Mahipal Pur, Delhi being operated by a Chinese lady Qing.Rajeev Sharma has received more than Rs. 30 Lacs from George in about 10instalmentsfrom January 2019 to September 2020 for the information provided byhim. Rajeev Sharma had further meetings with George in Malaysia and again inKunming City, China. 

During investigation, it is revealed that shell companies are being operated by foreign intelligence to transfer funds to Rajiv Sharma. It is revealed that Chinese nationals namelyJhang Chang and his wife Chang-li-lia were running the companies MZ Pharmacyand MZ Malls, under fake names Suraj and Usha. They are both presently in Chinaand on their behalf, another Chinese lady Qing Shi and one Raj Bhora, a NepaliNational (both directors of MZ Pharmacy) are presently operating the businessfrom Mahipalpur. Both, Qing Shi (age 30 yrs) and Sher Singh @ Raj Bohra (age 30yrs) have also been arrested. Furtherinvestigation with respect to the Chinese shell companies based in Mahipalpuris in progress.  

Forensic analysis of seized mobile phones and laptops is being conducted to unearth theentire network and conspiracy in this case. Identities and roles of otherforeign nationals involved in the conspiracy are also being ascertained Further investigation is inprogress.

 
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