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Journalist Upendra Rai held after dubious transactions worth crores detected

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Thursday arrested for dubious transactions in his accounts to the tune of over Rs 100 crore during 2017-2018 and also using false information to obtain access to sensitive areas through (AEP) for all airports across the country.

Rai, who was taken into custody here and was being questioned, is accused of committing the offence in connivance with the officials of aviation company Aviation Pvt Ltd and some public servants of (BCAS).

The (CBI) filed an FIR on Tuesday naming Upendra Rai, Aviation Pvt Ltd, its Prasun Roy, some unidentified public servants of BACS and others.

The agency on Thursday also searched eight places in Delhi, Noida, and in connection with the case.

Rai, owner of Group and formerly employed with Tehelka, Roy, some public servants and other private persons were questioned by the at its headquarters here, a said.

The CBI has found that in 2017, Rai's show credit of Rs 79 crore with several transactions of over Rs one lakh each, while in the same period, the accounts reflect debit amount of Rs 78.51 crore.

Rai, the CBI said, has purchased a fleet of cars out of the ill-gotten money. "It is also learnt that he has received Rs 16 crore in one year from shell companies for bribing or fixing case in Income Tax and that he has received about Rs 6.5 crore from in one year."

The CBI said that two persons -- Rahul Sharma, a resident of Palam in west Delhi, and Sanjay Snehi, a resident of Laxmi Nagar in east Delhi-- assist Rai to park the ill-gotten money.

A resident of Greater Kailash in south Delhi, Rai is also accused conspiring with Roy and others with an intent to obtain AEPs on false information for gaining access to the restricted areas of airports in

The CBI FIR said that Rai managed to get the first AEP in January 2017 showing himself as a permanent employee of to gain access at He renewed the pass in April 2017 before its expiry after 90 days.

In June 2017, he applied for permanent AEP and managed to get it with its validity upto December 2018, it said.

"Air One sponsored Upendra Rai's name as its employee whenever he applied for the AEPs and forwarded his applications to the BCAS, which in-turn forwarded these applications to the International Airport Ltd without verifying his genuineness."

Rai also managed to get all airport AEP with the help of Roy by falsely showing himself as of Air One, said the FIR, noting he was not technically qualified and his name was not approved by the of Civil Aviation for the post

"In his application for issuance of (PIB) card for the year 2018, has not declared himself as employee of Air One," the FIR said.

The CBI also found that Rai had paid an amount of Rs 13,92,000 on January 2, through his account, to Airone Charters Pvt Ltd, the parent firm of Air One Aviation Pvt Ltd.



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First Published: Thu, May 03 2018. 20:24 IST