India rejects allegations of harassment of journalist Rana Ayyub

Rana Ayyub | Source: The Week

The Indian mission in Geneva rejected these allegations of the United Nations human rights experts

On Monday, India denied the allegations made by UN human rights experts on the judicial harassment of journalist Rana Ayyub, saying that the country upholds the rule of law and “no one is above the law”.

Earlier, UN Geneva had also said in a tweet that “sectarian attacks online against journalist” should be “thoroughly investigated”.

India took a stand that these allegations were “baseless and unwarranted”.

Money laundering charges had been levelled against Ayyub after she was alleged to have ‘misused’ donor funds raised for Covid-19 relief.

This case was filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after taking note of an FIR of the Ghaziabad police in Uttar Pradesh, in September last year.

Reacting strongly, the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva said in a tweet that India expects Special Rapporteurs of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) to be “objective and accurately informed” and that advancing a misleading narrative would only tarnish the reputation of the United Nations (UN).

Sources said that this will be followed up by a Note Verbale from India’s Permanent Mission in Geneva. They will also take it up with the UN Office in Geneva, the sources added.

Inputs by ANI, PTI