Rai, accomplices allegedly blackmailed Directors of White Lion Developers Real Estate Pvt Ltd, demanded Rs 15.19 Cr from them.
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday filed a case against journalist Upendra Rai for allegedly blackmailing a real estate developer.
The case was also against his aide Rahul Sharma and other unknown officials of the Income Tax department.
Rai and his accomplices allegedly blackmailed Directors of White Lion Developers Real Estate Pvt. Ltd. and demanded Rs 15.19 cr from them claiming they can stop raids with their contacts in the Income Tax department and media.
According to the FIR, Rai informed Kapil Wadhawan, a relative of the promoter of the company that he had sensitive information from the IT department about raids to be conducted on the companies under the Benami Act.
"He then threatened that he had the potential to tarnish the image of the White Lion companies and promoters due to his media connections," said the complaint, which is now a part of the FIR.
On May 4, former CEO and editor-in-chief of Tehelka and Sahara Media, Upendra Rai, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in dubious money deals of over Rs 100 crore in order to gain access to sensitive areas of national importance such as airports, was sent to a three-day CBI custody.
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