The Enforcement Directorate’s investigation into a money laundering case against the media portal Newsclick and its promoters has turned the spotlight on their financial dealings with Neville Roy Singham, a businessman of Sri Lankan-Cuban descent. The ED has accused the media portal of receiving surrogate funding to build a pro-Beijing narrative in the country. The central probe agency has identified Singham as the key source of Rs 38 crore that the media portal received between 2018 and 2021 from abroad.

The investigators also claimed that the probe has established that part of the money the media portal allegedly received from foreign sources went to activists such as Gautam Navlakha, one of the accused in the Elgar Parishad case.

The anti-money laundering agency recently interrogated Navlakha in jail about his association with the media portal’s founder and editor-in-chief.

Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra has attacked the Opposition saying that those who were criticising the Central Vista Project had been receiving foreign funding.

“Our Supreme Court and High Court have given permission to carry out the Central Vista project. But in a stubborn manner, some people went ahead with their agenda of demeaning the project. It is only because of foreign funding,” he said.

Foreign agencies trying to create unrest in India

Reacting to the ED revelations, BJP leader Amit Malviya said alleged that the foreign agencies are doing every possible thing to create unrest in India.

“Newsclick, a media portal, is under probe, for surrogate funding, received by the CPC to build a ‘media narrative’ that suits Beijing’s interests. Signing MoU with Congress to funding media, foreign agencies are doing everything to create unrest in India,” he said in a tweet.