INDIA: Indian journalist and opinion columnist with the Washington Post, Rana Ayyub has been booked by the Ghaziabad police on charges of money laundering and defalcating donations. The donations were meant for the COVID-19 victims and flood victims in eastern states.
Ayyub is also facing charges for criminal breach of trust and cheating using computer resources under the Information Technology(IT) Act. In 1996, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) adopted the model law on electronic commerce (e-commerce) to bring uniformity in the law in different countries. India became the 12th country to enable cyber law after it passed the Information Technology Act, 2000.
On Tuesday, Vikas Pandey lodged an FIR against Ayyub. Pandey is the founder of an NGO Hindu IT Cell. “The police will take further legal action against the journalist only after investigating the case and finding evidence against her,” city Superintendent of Police Gyanendra Singh said.
Ayyub’s name also figures in a recent case of circulation of a video in which a 72-year-old Bulandshahr resident had accused four men of beating him up and chopping his beard to force him to chant Jai Shri Ram. However, the Ghaziabad police later found that the communal allegations made by the elderly Muslim man were false and he had made them on the instigation of a Samajwadi Party worker.