SC stays Uttarakhand High Court Order Directing CBI Investigation Against CM Trivendra Singh Rawat

29 oct 2020

SC stays Uttarakhand High Court Order Directing CBI Investigation Against CM Trivendra Singh Rawat

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy, and MR Shah of the Supreme Court has stayed the Uttarakhand HC order directing CBI probe into corruption allegations against Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat, after observing that the matter required consideration.
An investigative journalist, Umesh Sharma, had alleged that Uttarakhand's Sitting Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had transferred money to his relatives' bank account for backing a candidate in Gau Seva Ayog when he was BJP's Jharkhand in-charge. He had even given evidence in the form of WhatsApp messages and a video that linked Trivendra Singh Rawat with the case.
The Uttarakhand High Court had directed the CBI to file an FIR and investigate the charges of corruption against the CM. However, considering that the charges were not prima facie, the Supreme Court has stayed the order