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CORRECTION: Court CANCELS BAIL (THEN IMMEDIATELY BAILS) ex-Tehelka journo in Official Secrets Act case

Correction: It has come to our attention that the below story, which we syndicated from a wire service without a thorough fact check, has been misreported by us and other media. Newslaundry has written that while Samuel's bail was cancelled by the court on the morning of 10 November, he was granted bail by the same court immediately later the same day. Furthermore, unlike reported, his case was not relating to the so-called Operation West End from 2000, but a more recent story, as reported by the Telegraph. Samuel is very much free on bail at the moment and the case continues, according to Newslaundry. We regret the error.

A Delhi court cancelled the bail of a journalist, facing trial under the Officials Secrets Act for allegedly procuring documents and uploading them on a news portal in a sting, and sent him to jail.

The Central Bureau of Investigation Special Judge JPS Malik sent Mathew Samuel, who worked with Tehelka previously, to judicial custody till Nov 21.

“From the conduct of the applicant/accused no.3 (Samuel), it is clear that he is intentionally delaying the proceedings. No justification to release accused Mathew Samuel on bail, again,” the court said.

“Application for bail moved by him is dismissed. Accused is taken into custody and remanded to judicial custody till Nov 21,” the court said in a Nov 10 order that was made available Tuesday.

Samuel had sought bail submitting that he could not appear in the court on the last date of hearing as he had been advised to take bed rest after a surgery. He said that his counsel was also not keeping well Oct 13 when the matter was listed for hearing.

CBI has chargesheeted Samuel with the then Tehelka editor (Investigations) Aniruddh Bahal, and the then home ministry officials Thomas Mathew and Neeraj Kumar, and Buffalo Networks, which owned the website, for alleged violation of the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

CBI had alleged that Kumar, Thomas, Bahal and Samuel entered into a criminal conspiracy to obtain secret documents, which were exhibited on a news portal Oct 9, 2000.

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