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NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday filed a chargesheet in connection with its ongoing probe into a money laundering case against senior journalist Upendra Rai.

The ED informed the Patiala House court that Rai laundered over Rs 29.58 crore by adopting different modus operandi and was involved in “extortion of the huge amount from different companies and corporate houses”.

The agency alleged that Rai took “undue advantage of his connections with several government officials” to gain access to confidential information available with them about the penal proceedings being contemplated against various defaulters, at times in advance.

Owner of Printlines Media Group and formerly employed with Tehelka, Rai forced different companies to transfer money to his account through banking channels against the cash he supplied to those companies.

The court also directed the ED to hand over a copy of the charge sheet and other documents filed along with it to Rai, which was complied by the agency.

In its charge sheet filed through advocate A R Aditya on August 6, the agency said that Rai was a journalist who crafted leverage out of his access to government offices as a media person.


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