Court grants time to CBI to get sanction to prosecute accused in case against journo Upendra Rai

The CBI had arrested Rai on May 3 for allegedly indulging in dubious financial transactions and getting an airport access pass made by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security by furnishing false info.

Published: 04th September 2018 05:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th September 2018 05:39 PM   |  A+A-

Upendra Rai

Delhi-based journalist Upendra Rai (File | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: A special court Tuesday granted one month time to the CBI to procure requisite sanctions to prosecute an accused in a case against journalist Upendra Rai who was arrested by the agency for his alleged involvement in dubious financial transactions.

Special Judge Santosh Snehi Mann, who was scheduled to take cognisance of the charge sheet in the case, allowed the CBI's plea seeking more time to get the sanctions to prosecute Bureau of Civil Aviation Security Assistant Director Rahul Rathore.

In its application, the CBI said the request has been sent to the authority concerned and the probe agency was awaiting its nod in this regard.

Besides Rai and Rathore, the CBI has also named a firm, Air One Aviation Pvt Ltd, its chairman-cum-managing director Alok Sharma as accused in its charge sheet.

The court has posted the matter for hearing on September 25.

At present, Rai is in judicial custody.

The CBI had arrested him on May 3 for allegedly indulging in dubious financial transactions and getting an airport access pass made by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security by furnishing false information.

The Supreme Court had on May 4 refused to interfere with his arrest.

In its FIR, the agency has alleged that going by the value of the transactions of over Rs 1 lakh each during 2017, Rai's accounts received Rs 79 crore, while Rs 78.51 crore was debited from it during the same period.

The ED had arrested him in a money laundering case, related to alleged extortion and dubious financial transactions, registered on the basis of the CBI FIR.

He is currently in JC in the money laundering case as well.

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