3 Judge bench of Supreme Court stays Uttarakhand HC decision for CBI enquiry against CM Rawat

The Supreme court has today stayed the order of the high court of Uttarakhand for CBI enquiry into the alleged allegations of corruption by a journalist Umesh Sharma, proprietor of a regional news channel, Samachar Plus against Trivendra Singh Rawat, CM Uttarakhand after the latter approached the apex court yesterday.

According to the latest news, the Attorney general KK Venugopal told the court that the decision of the Uttarakhand high court was wrong because the Uttarakhand chief minister’s version was not heard.

The court should not do this and destabilise the government he added.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal is representing journalist Umesh Sharma who’d allegedly levelled charges against the Uttarakhand chief minister.

The three judge bench of supreme court hearing this case that stayed the Uttarakhand High Court order for CBI enquiry against the CM Rawat, comprised of Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice R. Subhash Reddy and Justice MR Shah. The honourable justices have issued notice and asked for response from the respondents.

According to live today, the bench made some oral remarks at this juncture.

H C has exercised suo motto powers under article 226 when there was no issue raised by you, everyone was taken by surprise,remarked justice Shah.

The Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat must have heaved a great sigh of relief after this latest development as in Uttarakhand the main opposition party Congress have marched to the governor’s house demanding his resignation on moral grounds after the governor Baby Rani Maurya had not accorded them appointment to meet her, sought by the state Congress President Pritam Singh n other senior leaders of the state Congress on Wednesday.

It may be recalled that the Hon’ble High Court justice Maithani had quashed the FIR under various sections of IPC, filed by Uttarakhand police against three journalists viz Umesh Sharma, Shiv Prasad Semwal n Rajesh Sharma and ordered for a CBI enquiry into the alleged case of corruption against the Uttarakhand CM pertaining to depositing of money in the accounts of retired professor Harendra Singh Rawat and Savitri Rawat alleged as CM’s relatives with proofs, the allegations denied by Harendra Rawat n Savitri Rawat filing an FIR against journalist Umesh Rawat on alleged wrong n fabricated charges to defame their reputation etc.

It is alleged that the about Rs 25 lakhs were transferred in 2016 when TS Rawat was the observer of Jharkhand BJP and had assured one Amatresh Chouhan of getting him appointed to the post of chairman of Gao Sewa Ayog but could not appoint him and as such he disclosed the facts to journalist Umesh Sharma who had posted the vedio in social media n brought into the knowledge of press thus spoiling the reputation of the complainants.

Thereafter, the CM Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat approached the SC against the Uttarakhand High court order for CBI inquiry into the allegations of Umesh Sharma termed as false n fictitious by the CM n retired professor Harendra Rawat in whose bank account was the money deposited allegedly the bribe money in liu of appointing Amratesh as the chairman of Gau Sewa Ayog, the allegations strongly denied.


Sunil Negi

Sunil Negi is a senior journalist and president of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum ( Regd). He usually writes on socio political subjects and have been contributing articles in print media for the last several years. Mr. Sunil Negi had been felicitated by All India Achievers conference's Pride of India and excellence awards apart from several other recognitions. He has translated a book on ecological disaster of Uttarakhand of June 2013 and edited and published two editions of Uttaranchal's Who's Who.

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