The Ministry of External Affairs has taken note of a complaint seeking deportation of Wall Street Journal’s South Asia Deputy Bureau Chief Eric Bellman, and issued an update that states that the standard procedure is being followed in this regard.
A complaint was registered against @EricBellmanWSJ, @WSJIndia by a private individual on Government's Online Grievance Redressal platform. Referring the complaint to related office is a routine matter as per standard procedure. No such decision on deportation has been taken by us— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) March 13, 2020
The WSJ’s report titled ‘India’s Ruling Party, Government Slammed Over Delhi Violence’ claimed that 'rioters armed with stones, rods, knives and even sword' had charged into the street where Sharma's home was situated, quoting his brother Ankur. WSJ quoted Ankur saying, "they shouted 'Jai Shri Ram' [Glory to Lord Ram]; some even wore helmets'. Moreover, WSJ added Ankur stating 'they started throwing stones and bricks at the residents, who rushed to Ankit to help... Later, his body was found in a ditch."
However, Ankur refuted making any such statements to the WSJ. He remarked, "I never gave such a statement to the Wall Street Journal. This is a ploy to defame my brother and my family. Wall Street Journal is lying".
Responding to this development, BJP IT in-charge Amit Malviya stated that the journalist concerned had to be answerable. He observed that the Centre had made it clear that India was no longer a pushover. Moreover, he opined that this would send a message that gross violations would not be tolerated.
Amit Malviya remarked, “There are legal processes by which the matter has been raised to the American authorities. They will take note of it and do whatever is appropriate because the bureau chief of a particular publication is currently residing in India and as an American citizen, he is responsible, liable and answerable to the agencies. The Indian government has made its stance clear that India is no longer a pushover and no foreign agency or publication can decide how they shape the narrative about India. This will send a message to people who think they can get away with gross violations.”