The CBI registered an FIR towards NewsClick for alleged violation of the Overseas Contribution (Regulation) Act and carried out searches on the workplace and residence of the portal founder on Wednesday, officers stated.
They stated a group of company officers searched the residence and workplace of NewsClick founder Prabir Purkayastha, who was not too long ago arrested by the Delhi Police in a case underneath the Illegal Actions Prevention Act.
The portal stated it’s cooperating with the authorities.
“The CBI is currently conducting search and seizure operations at the NewsClick office and the residence of our Editor-in-Chief Prabir Purkayastha. This is the fifth agency that is investigating us. We are cooperating with the authorities,” it stated on X.
The portal is accused of receiving overseas funds in violation of the Overseas Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).
In its probe towards the portal, the Delhi Police had alleged that funds have been fraudulently infused by an energetic member of the propaganda division of the Communist Celebration of China, Neville Roy Singham.
NewsClick has denied all of the allegations.
The Delhi Police Particular Cell arrested Purkayastha and the human sources division head of the portal Amit Chakravarty on October 3. Police had additionally sealed the NewsClick’s workplace in Delhi.
In keeping with the FIR, a considerable amount of funds to the information portal got here from China to “disrupt the sovereignty of India” and trigger disaffection towards the nation.
It additionally alleged Purkayastha conspired with a bunch — Folks’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism (PADS) — to sabotage the electoral course of through the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.