The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday filed a chargesheet against journalist Upendra Rai and four others in Delhi’s Patiala House Court in connection with a money laundering case, reported ANI. The court will next hear the matter on August 6.
The money laundering case is connected to a CBI inquiry into allegations of extortion and dubious financial transactions against Rai. The journalist has refuted all allegations, claiming that he is being framed for reporting on an ED officer investigating the 2G spectrum allocation scam case.
On June 22, Rai was remanded to 14 days in judicial custody after the Enforcement Directorate told a Delhi court his interrogation was complete. The agency had arrested Rai and booked him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act on June 8, soon after he secured bail in the extortion case being probed by the CBI.
The ED said that classified documents, such as income tax assessment orders of different companies and reports of suspicious transaction of nearly 140 firms, were seized from Rai’s possession and have been submitted in court. The agency has also accused Rai of travelling abroad to deposit his illegally acquired income in foreign accounts.