Journalist Rana Ayyub Booked by UP Police over ‘Misappropriation’ of Funds

Rana Ayub

She is alleged to have collected ‘huge’ amount through online campaigns for slum-dwellers and farmers

Zafar Aafaq | NEW DELHI

Prominent journalist and author Rana Ayyub has been booked in a case by Ghaziabad Police in Uttar Pradesh following a complaint that she has allegedly misappropriated funds that she raised in online campaigns for different causes.

The allegations also include that she received funds from outside India illegally, violating The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 norms.

Gyanendra Kumar Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police, Ghaziabad City, confirmed to Clarion India that an FIR has been registered against Ayyub at Indirapuram police station under cyber-crime laws.

“The FIR was filed on Tuesday on the instruction of Cyber Police,” Sanjay Panday, SHO, Indrapuram, told Clarion India over the phone. He said the FIR invokes different sections of Indian Penal Code including Section 403 (Dishonest misappropriation of property), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 418 (Cheating with knowledge that wrongful loss may ensue to person), 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property). The FIR also used Section 4D of 66 IT Act and section 4 of Money Laundering Act.

Panday said the police will conduct further investigation to decide whether to arrest Ayyub.

The complaint dated 28 August 2021 says Ayyub allegedly raised “huge amounts in crores” through online campaigns for slum-dwellers and farmers, relief work for Assam, Bihar and Maharashtra and help for Covid-19 impacted people in India.

The FIR against Ayyub, who frequently writes for international publications including a regular column for the Washington Post, comes amidst her claims that she was being questioned by government agencies, a tactic, she says, being employed to silence her.

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