Court extends by 2 more days CBI custody of tainted journalist-cum-fixer Upendra Rai

CBI calls Upendra Rai un-cooperative, gets custody for two more days

CBI calls Upendra Rai un-cooperative, gets custody for two more days
CBI calls Upendra Rai un-cooperative, gets custody for two more days

The journalist-cum-fixer Upendra Rai is facing the heat now. On Monday, a Delhi Court dealing with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) cases, allowed two more days of CBI custody of Upendra Rai after the agency said that he was not co-operating with the investigation and giving only evasive replies. CBI arrested the extortionist and racketeer journalist Rai on May 3.

CBI arrested Upendra Rai for the unexplained money transfer of more than Rs.100 crores and forgery in obtaining sensitive Airport Entry Pass (AEP) issued by Bureau of Civil Aviation.

While coming out from the Court, Upendra Rai’s private security guards tried to attack Zee Hindustan TV channel’s journalist Sumit Kumar and tried to snatch his mike and destroy his camera. Upendra Rai and his private guards were irked by the questions of the TV channel journalist and pushed him aside. 

Many were complaining that Upendra Rai’s private security guards land when CBI team produces in court to prevent media from asking questions. CBI’s Prosecutor Manoj Shukla informed the Court that for the past three days in custody, Upendra Rai is not at all cooperating with the investigation and giving evasive replies when cornered with documents. The documents seized from his home and offices expose a big racket of extortion, lobbying and fixing activities by him, said the Prosecutor demanding seven more days of custody of the tainted journalist-cum-fixer. The Court did not entertain the invalid arguments by Rai’s counsels. Special Judge Santosh Snehi Mann extended the custody to two more days, after CBI pressed the need for custody, explaining the huge money transactions crossing Rs.100 crores ($16 million) in the past year in his accounts.

CBI arrested Upendra Rai for the unexplained money transfer of more than Rs.100 crores and forgery in obtaining sensitive Airport Entry Pass (AEP) issued by Bureau of Civil Aviation. In the Airport Entry Pass, Rai claimed that he is Director – Quality Control of a private chartered flight company – Air One[1]. Meanwhile, Upendra Rai was carrying Press Information Bureau’s accredited journalist card (Card No: 275) in the category allotted to Editors. This card is only allotted to those who are engaged in full-time journalism. Upendra Rai was the Editor of the tainted Sahara Group’s media units and later worked as Editor of Tehelka Magazine after its founding Editor Tarun Tejpal was caught for rape charges. Currently, Rai is running a portal PrintLine and was allegedly involved in blackmailing and extortion activities.

On May 5, CBI slapped another charge sheet on Rai for extortion on a complaint by White Lion Real Estate Developers promoter Balvinder Malhotra. According to Malhotra, Upendra Rai extorted more than Rs.15 crores ($2.5 million) from him threatening to publish adverse findings of Income Tax. CBI FIR said that Upendra Rai was in connivance with certain top Income Tax officials to extort and blackmail businessmen[2].

PGurus reported a series of dubious activities of Upendra Rai, acting as benami petitioner of tainted former Finance Minister P Chidambaram We had rejected his legal notice seeking Rs.100 crore for defamation and gave a fitting reply[3].

References:

[1] CBI books Chidambaram’s benami petitioner Upendra Rai for bribing and forgeryMay 3, 2018, PGurus.com

[2] CBI registers another case against Chidambaram’s benami petitioner Upendra Rai for extorting Rs.15 croresMay 5, 2018, PGurus.com

[3] Chidambaram’s benami petitioner Upendra Rai claims he is honest. We reject his claims and stand by our reportsApr 27, 2018, PGurus.com

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