first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate on Friday night arrested journalist Upendra Rai under the money laundering law, soon after a Delhi court granted him bail in a case of alleged extortion and dubious financial transactions registered by the CBI.An ED team put Rai under arrest under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) at the Tihar jail here, officials said.The Delhi-based scribe was arrested as he was required to be put under custodial interrogation. He will be produced before a court on Saturday, they said.Earlier on Friday, a Delhi court had granted bail to Rai, who was arrested by the CBI last month for allegedly using fake information to gain access to airports across India. Special CBI judge Santosh Snehi Mann granted bail to Mr. Rai on furnishing a bail bond of ₹5 lakh, with two sureties of a like amount. The judge had last month refused bail to the journalist.The counsel for Mr. Rai submitted that no purpose would be served by keeping him in custody as the court had on May 9 rejected the CBI’s plea seeking further custody of Mr. Rai.The other accused in the case are Air One Aviation Limited, its chief security officer Prasun Roy and unidentified Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) officials.At the time of Rai’s arrest, the agency had said that besides property papers and a valid Aerodrome Entry Permit, some confidential documents were also seized. It was alleged that the journalist had applied for the permit in January 2017, as a consultant of Air One, falsely showing himself as a permanent employee of the company.(With PTI inputs)last_img