Fact-checking website Alt News on Tuesday alleged that Razorpay, the payment gateway through which it receives donations, has shared its donor data with the police without informing it.
Alt News’ statement came after the Delhi Police accused its co-founder and journalist Mohammed Zubair of violating foreign funding norms. Zubair, one of the prominent Muslim journalists in India and a vocal critic of Narendra Modi’s government, is in judicial custody on charges of hurting religious sentiments for a tweet that he had posted in March 2018. The charges of violating foreign funding norms along with criminal conspiracy and causing the disappearance of evidence were added in the case against Zubair on July 2.
Razorpay said it had received a notice from legal authorities under Section 91 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and that the company was mandated to comply with it.
Alt News had on Monday rejected the allegations of receiving funds from foreign sources in violation of the regulations. The media outlet added the platform through which it gets donations does not allow it to receive funds from outside India.
Defending the arrested scribe, Alt News had also said that individuals associated with the company only receive monthly remuneration.
Alt News has alleged that Razorpay shared its donor data without informing the company or “without even a preliminary investigation of any violation on part of Alt News.”
Razorpay which did not address these allegations about informing the Alt News, said it is an financial organsiation that is “fully abiding and complaint with all necessary laws and regulations in India”.
“We will continue to hold the highest standard of data security, defend our customers at all times and also continue to abide by the laws and regulations of India,” Razorpay said.