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Sting CD: CBI rejects Rawat govt notice withdrawing probe

The case was handed over to the CBI when President’s Rule was imposed in the state.

Uttaranchal CM Harish Rawat with his close aides leave the residence of the Congress President Sonia Gandhi after meeting her in the capital New Delhi on thursday. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal New Delhi 120516
Uttaranchal CM Harish Rawat with his close aides leave the residence of the Congress President Sonia Gandhi after meeting her in the capital New Delhi on thursday. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal New Delhi 120516

The CBI has rejected the Uttarakhand government’s notification withdrawing the case related to the sting operation involving Chief Minister Harish Rawat. The agency said the notification was rejected after taking legal opinion which said there was no ground for its withdrawal.

“The notification is not legally tenable,” sources in the agency said. The CBI will continue its preliminary enquiry into the episode that allegedly involved horsetrading attempts to save the Rawat government.

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The case was handed over to the CBI when President’s Rule was imposed in the state. The notification was withdrawn immediately after Rawat proved his majority in the assembly and his government was restored.

The CBI had registered the preliminary enquiry on April 29 to probe a sting operation that purportedly showed Rawat offering bribes to rebel Congress MLAs to support him during the floor test. The agency had summoned Rawat for examination on May 9, but he had sought more time.