Neville Roy Singham: Man Accused of Spreading China Propaganda in India; The ED has summoned him in connection with the NewsClick terror case

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  • Neville Roy Singham, an American millionaire accused of spreading Chinese propaganda in India and abroad. 
  • Neville Roy Singham has direct contact with the propaganda arm of the Communist Party of China, Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said. 
  •  Neville Roy Singham, now based in Shanghai, has a financial network supporting Chinese propaganda that spans the globe, from Chicago to Shanghai. 
  • The New York Times report alleged that Neville Roy Singham is linked to several American charities and non-profit groups that are working to promote his agenda.  
  • These propaganda groups are funded through American non-profits that have received at least $275 million in donations. 

Neville Roy Singham, an American millionaire accused of spreading Chinese propaganda in India and abroad, has now been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case against NewsClick, sources have said

A New York Times report had earlier alleged that NewsClick is part of a global network that receives funding from American millionaire Neville Roy Singham.

Neville Roy Singham is said to have close ties to the Chinese government media machine. This has put NewsClick in the spotlight again, as it is currently under investigation for alleged money laundering and foreign funding violations.

The New York Times had reported that Neville Roy Singham is the son of Archibald Wickeramaraja Singham, a Sri Lankan political scientist and historian who was a professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Neville Roy Singham, now based in Shanghai, has a financial network supporting Chinese propaganda that spans the globe, from Chicago to Shanghai. He also financed a news website in India that sprinkled its coverage with Chinese government talking points, according to a New York Times report. The site was later raided by Delhi Police.

The New York Times report alleged that Neville Roy Singham is linked to several American charities and non-profit groups that are working to promote his agenda. These propaganda groups are funded through American non-profits that have received at least $275 million in donations.

The Enforcement Directorate has issued summons to American millionaire Neville Roy Singham in connection with the NewsClick terror case, reported ANI citing sources. The businessman is accused of spreading Chinese propaganda in India, He is stated to be currently based in Shanghai, China.

The fresh summons to Singham fall under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). This is a new notice issued to him after the agency got issued Letters Rogatory (LR) from a local court seeking to record his statement, the sources said.

The summons have been emailed to Singham and sent through the Chinese government channels after the ED had routed them through the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

The Delhi Police, following this news piece and some “evidence” shared by ED, had also filed an FIR against him and the founders of NewsClick after this news report came to light.

In a statement to a news outlet, Singham had said that the language used in the FIR filed by the Special Cell of Delhi Police “strongly suggests” that the claims were “influenced by misinformation from an article published by The New York Times.” He also rejected the allegation of fraudulent infusion of funds through a “complex web of several entities” as mentioned in the FIR and in the NYT article.

The New York Times report claimed that NewsClick was part of a global network that received funding from Singham, who allegedly works closely with the Chinese government media machine.

 

(With inputs from agencies)

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