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“Truth Shall Prevail,” Says NewsClick As ED Raid Goes On For Over 24 Hours

Around 11 PM on Tuesday, the founder of NewsClick Prabir Purkayastha was brought to the office of the company from his residence by the ED officials, sources added. 

Residences of officials and journalists associated with NewsClick, an independent media portal based in Delhi, were raided by Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday morning. The office of NewsClick was also reportedly raided by the agency on Tuesday.

After over 24 hours since it started, the raid has not concluded on Wednesday morning at the time of this report being written.

 

Outside NewsClick office on Wednesday morning, after 24 hours since the ED raid began. (Credit: Shahid Tantray)

 

According to sources, the ED officials seized the hard-discs of computers and documents related to the accounts department. NewsClick’s Editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha and Pranjal Rewa were questioned by the officials of ED.

The houses of Prabir Purkayastha, Amit Chakrabarty, Pranjal and a couple of others were also searched, sources said.

The raid started at 8:15 AM on Tuesday morning and continues as of now on Wednesday.

In a statement released by NewsClick, the platform said: “Truth shall prevail. We have full faith in the legal system.” It also added that the raids are still underway and a full statement will be released only after the process is over.

Meanwhile, around 11 PM on Tuesday, the founder of NewsClick Prabir Purkayastha was brought to the office of the company from his residence by the ED officials, where the questioning continued, sources added.

NewsClick founder Prabir Purkayastha being questioned by ED officials after they brought him to the company’s office on Tuesday night. (Credit: Shahid Tantray)

 

According to sources, the ED officials started copying around 100GB from emails of the company’s journalists. However, it was not clear if the copying of emails had concluded at the time of this report being written.

Sources also said that new batch of ED officials arrived on Wednesday morning, after almost 25 hours since the raid began, to relieve a couple of officers stationed for the raid since yesterday.

 

New Batch of ED officials arrived on Wednesday morning to relieve a couple of officials stationed since yesterday. (Credit- Shahid Tantray)

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