Mehbooba Mufti terms raids against NewsClick premises 'fishing expedition'text_fields
Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President and former chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday denounced the dawn raids by the Delhi Police's Special Cell at the residences of NewsClick journalists as a "fishing" expedition.
Mufti remarked that the raids were extremely perturbing as she accused the central government of championing press abroad and attacking it at home.
"GOI claims India is the mother of democracy & about press freedom abroad yet in the same breath uses state agencies for the crackdown on the remaining handful of independent media outlets", she said.
"Even telephone devices have been forcibly snatched only for a fishing expedition. The repeated illegal pattern of arrest first & creating fake charges later is extremely perturbing (sic)," Mufti wrote in a post on X.
Delhi Police's Special Cell Tuesday morning conducted raids at the premises of online portal NewsClick and its journalists, triggering outrage against the action among scribes. There have also been reports of raids on the premises of activists in parallel with those on NewClick journalists. -
The Special Cell has registered a new case and started an investigation, officials said. Abhisar Sharma, a senior journalist, wrote on X, "Delhi police landed at my home. Taking away my laptop and phone." Another journalist, Bhasha Singh, wrote on X, "Finally last tweet from this phone. Delhi police seizure (sic) my phone."
(Inputs from PTI)