High Court orders CBI probe against Uttarakhand CM on basis of journalists’ claim; CM moves Supreme Court

The Uttarakhand High Court had yesterday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to start a probe against Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on a bribe allegation made by two journalists. Today, the Chief Minister moved the Supreme Court, challenging the high court’s order.

The allegation made by the two journalists — Umesh Kumar Sharma and Shiv Prasad Semwal – was about a bribe that the chief minister and his associates had allegedly taken. The allegations were made in a report they had uploaded on a social media platform. The immediate response from the government was an FIR in their names. The journalists then moved the high court for the quashing of the FIR.

At the Uttrakhand High Court, Justice Ravindra Maithani noted: “Considering the nature of allegations levelled against Trivendra Singh Rawat, the Chief Minister of the State, it would be appropriate to unfold the truth.”
The high court judge passed the order, asking: “Should this Court let the allegations levelled by the petitioner also sink in the memory of the people without them being investigated or should the Court suo motu take some action to get the matter investigated so as to clear the air?”

The bench while quashing the FIRs filed against the journalists, directed the Superintendent of Police, CBI Dehradun to register an FIR on the basis of the allegations and investigate the case in accordance with the law, promptly.

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