New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued a fresh summons to Neville Roy Singham, an American millionaire based in Shanghai, China, in connection with the money laundering investigation related to the online news portal NewsClick. Singham is accused of spreading Chinese propaganda in India.
The ED issued the summons under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), following Letters Rogatory (LR) from a Delhi court instructing the ED to record Singham’s statement. This marks the second summons issued to Singham since the investigation began in 2021.
Two months ago, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a case of FCRA violation against NewsClick, naming Neville Roy Singham as an accused. NewsClick is under investigation for alleged links to China-linked entities, receiving funding to broadcast Chinese propaganda in India, and is also being probed under the anti-terror law UAPA.
The ED had initially raided NewsClick’s premises in Delhi’s Saidulajab area in September 2021 on charges of money laundering. Over 25 people, including NewsClick founder and Editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha, have had their statements recorded in the case.