New Delhi: The CBI on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that journalist Upendra Rai, arrested by the probe agency for his alleged involvement in dubious financial transactions, was only a "front" and other big fish were involved in the matter. Challenging a trial court order granting bail to Rai, the CBI said his custody was required as fresh arrests were being made in the case and the FIR showed that public servants were involved and under investigation.
Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said the CBI will have to show that its argument on involvement of other big fish is borne out from the facts of the case.
Additional Solicitor General Aman Lekhi, representing the CBI, said if Rai is released on bail, he might hamper the ongoing probe by tampering with evidence and influencing witnesses.
"Rai is a front. He is being used by others. Others are the real big fish," he said.
Lekhi along with advocate Rajdipa Behura, also appearing for the CBI, told the court that a public servant was yesterday arrested in the case.
According to the CBI, it has arrested Bureau of Civil Aviation Security official Rahul Rathore and Air One Aviation CMD Alok Sharma in the case.
The CBI's counsel claimed in the high court that the findings in the trial court's bail order were "utterly perverse" and the investigation was at a crucial stage. Therefore the scribe should not be allowed to be released on bail.
The court fixed the matter for July 16 for hearing further arguments on the CBI's plea.
Rai's counsel has claimed that the bail was rightly granted by the trial court and it should not have been stayed by the high court. Rai was granted bail by the trial court in the CBI case on June 8 and moments after he got the relief, he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) at the Tihar Jail here.