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HC sets aside trial court order granting bail to scribe Upendra Rai

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High Court Tuesday set aside a trial court order granting to Upendra Rai, arrested by the CBI for his alleged involvement in dubious financial transactions.

Justice allowed the CBI's challenge to the trial court's June 8 order granting relief to Rai.

On June 18, the operation of the June 8 order was stayed by the high court after it sought Rai's response on CBI's plea challenging the relief.

Challenging the trial court's order, and Rajdipa Behura, both appearing for the CBI, had argued that Rai's custody was required as fresh arrests were being made in the case and the showed that public servants were involved and under investigation.

The agency had argued that the scribe was only a "front" and other big fish were involved in the matter.

The CBI's had claimed in the high court that the findings in the trial court's order were "utterly perverse" and the investigation was at a crucial stage.

Therefore, the said, the scribe should not be allowed bail.

Rai's had claimed that the bail was rightly granted by the trial court and it should not have been stayed by the high court.

Rai was granted bail by the trial court in the CBI case on June 8 and, moments after he got the relief, he was arrested by the under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) at the here.

He was arrested by the CBI on May 3 for allegedly indulging in dubious financial transactions and getting an airport access pass made by the (BCAS) by furnishing false information.

CBI has also arrested and Aviation CMD in the case.

The on May 4 refused to interfere with his arrest.

Prasun Roy, chief security officer, Aviation Pvt Ltd, was also booked by the CBI, which had carried out searches at eight locations in Lucknow, Noida, and

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 the money laundering case related to alleged extortion and dubious financial transactions.

It had registered a money laundering case against him based on the CBI

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First Published: Tue, September 04 2018. 20:30 IST