SCRIBE Arrested By CBI For Alleged Illegal Activities

HIGH Profile Journalist Upendra Rai, nabbed by the CBI for allegedly being involved in dubious financial transactions, was on Monday remanded for two more days to the probe agency’s custody for further interrogation by a Delhi court .Special CBI Judge Santosh Snehi Mann extended his remand .He was produced before the court on the expiry of his three-day CBI remand after the agency said he was non-cooperative and evasive in his replies. Public prosecutor Manoj Shukla had sought a seven-day remand alleging that some confidential and sensitive documents were recovered from him. These were not supposed to be in his possession. He needs to be further interrogated regarding procurement of these documents. Besides, several new facts have come to light during the last three days which were to be probed, said the CBI counsel. Countering him, Rai’s counsel said there was no fresh ground for seeking extension of his custody as all the documents were already in public domain and have been recovered from his possession. The CBI had on May 3 arrested the Delhi-based journo for various offences related to financial transactions and obtaining an airport access pass made by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) on the basis of false information. He was earlier remanded to three-day CBI custody. Rai’s counsel pleaded with court that he was neither hiding nor was running away and his custody was not required to complete the probe. There was no evidence that Rai has not tampered with the evidence nor there was any allegation that he has tried to influence any witness. The Supreme Court had on May 4 refused to interfere with his arrest. In his application seeking protection from arrest, Rai had claimed he was framed in the case as he has been writing against an ED officer who was part of the team probing the 2G spectrum allocation scam case. The Chief Security officer of Air One Aviation Pvt Ltd has also been booked by the CBI for helping Rai obtain he airport access pass.


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