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Supreme Court Orders Release of NewsClick Founder in UAPA Case: Key Details

News Click editor Prabir Purkayastha has got a big relief in the UAPA case. The Supreme Court on Wednesday (May 15) declared Purkayastha's arrest in this case illegal. The court has also ordered the release of the editor of News Click.

By: Rekha Joshi  Pardaphash Group
Supreme Court Orders Release of NewsClick Founder in UAPA Case: Key Details

The Supreme Court has intervened in the case involving the founder and Editor-in-Chief of NewsClick, Prabir Purkayastha, who was arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The Court has ordered his release, marking a pivotal moment in the ongoing legal battle.

Supreme Court Orders Release of NewsClick Founder

The Supreme Court stepped in to help Prabir Purkayastha, the founder of NewsClick. He got arrested under a serious law called the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). But now, the Court said he should be let go, which is a big deal in this legal fight.

What is the case?
Last year, the Delhi Police’s Special Cell arrested Purkayastha and another person from NewsClick, Amit Chakravarty. They said NewsClick got a lot of money from China. They claimed this money was to cause trouble in India and make people unhappy with the country. They even said Purkayastha was part of a plan to mess with the 2019 elections.

The allegations against Purkayastha have been wide-ranging, including accusations of infusing Chinese funds into India to influence various events, from the 2020 Delhi riots to the ongoing farmer’s protests. Furthermore, the Delhi Police has claimed involvement in disinformation campaigns related to Covid-19 and outright terror funding in Kashmir.

Purkayastha went to the Supreme Court to say his arrest wasn’t right. He said he didn’t do any of the things they accused him of. The Supreme Court agreed and said he should be set free.

This whole situation makes us think about important things like keeping the country safe but also making sure people’s rights are protected, especially when it comes to freedom of speech and the press.

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