Sunday, June 10, 2018

ED arrests Upendra Rai soon after bail in CBI case

The Enforcement Directorate on Friday arrested journalist Upendra Rai under the money laundering law, soon after a Delhi court granted him bail in a case of alleged extortion and dubious financial transactions registered by the CBI.

An ED team put Rai under arrest under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) at the Tihar jail here, officials said.

The Delhi-based scribe was arrested as he was required to be put under custodial interrogation. He will be produced before a court tomorrow, they said.

Earlier in the day, a Delhi court had granted him bail on a bond of Rs 5 lakh and two sureties of like amount.

Seeking bail in the case, Rai had claimed that no purpose would be served by keeping him in further custody.

The journalist had contended that he was not required for further custodial interrogation since the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) plea for it was rejected by the court on May 9.

Rai was arrested by the CBI on May 3.

He was arrested for allegedly indulging in dubious financial transactions, getting an airport access pass made by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) by furnishing false information, alleged extortion and manipulation of an Income Tax Department case against a Mumbai-bound businessman.

The Supreme Court had on May 4 refused to interfere with his arrest.
09/06/18 PTI/DNA