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Journalist Rana Ayyub Stops Leaving India At Mumbai Airport


Rana Ayyub was stopped at Mumbai airport before he could board a flight to London

New Delhi:

Journalist Rana Ayyub was barred from flying to London today because he was charged in a money laundering case, which is being investigated by the Directorate of Enforcement.

Ms Ayyub was stopped at Mumbai airport before she could board a flight to London.

The Directorate of Enforcement is investigating allegations of violations of foreign funding rules by Ms Ayyub while collecting donations for COVID-19 assistance.

The reporter, however, tweeted a “very curious” Enforcement Directorate suit reaching his inbox just after he was stopped at Mumbai airport.

“I have been stopped today in Mumbai immigration from traveling to deliver this speech and further to the International Journalism Festival to deliver a keynote speech on Indian democracy. I have been making this announcement public for several weeks, yet the ED (Directorate of Enforcement) calls eagerly know arrived in my inbox after I was stopped, “tweeted Ms Ayyub.

The Washington -based nonprofit, the International Journalism Center, has invited Ms Ayyub to the UK for a discussion on online violence against women journalists. Ms. Ayyub often tweets she faces online harassment and death threats from trolls.

The Directorate of Enforcement had summoned him for questioning on April 1st.

The money laundering case against Ms Ayyub was based on the First Information Report or FIR filed by Ghaziabad Uttar Pradesh Police in September, by Vikas Sankrityayan – founder of an NGO called “Hindu IT Cell” and a resident of Indirapuram in Ghaziabad.

According to documents linked to “ED sources”, the agency investigating financial crimes found the journalist had raised over Rs 2.69 crore through an online crowdfunding platform called Ketto for charity between 2020 and 2021.

Ms Ayyub maintained “all donations received through Ketto were counted and not a single paisa was misused”.

However, the ED claimed its investigation made it clear that the funds were collected in the name of the charity in a fully planned and systematic manner, and that the funds were not fully utilized for the purpose for which the funds were collected.

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