The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today mentioned that it has attached properties worth Rs 26.65 crore of senior journalist Upenra Rai in connection with its ongoing probe into a money laundering case.
An ED official told IANS that the attached assets includes a building in south Delhi’s Greater Kailash 1 area and a flat on Hailey Road in the heart of Delhi.
The ED also attached a flat and a penthouse of Rai in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddha Nagar and a flat each in Gomtinagar and Gokhale Marg in Lucknow.
The agency also attached investment worth Rs 5.62 crore in bank fixed deposits and mutual funds and three luxury cars. The ED earlier filed a charge sheet in the case alleging 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 about the penal proceedings contemplated against various defaulters.
According to the ED, Rai entered into agreement for consultancy services and issued false invoices to give genuine and legal shape to those transactions.