CBI to go ahead with Rawat ‘sting’ probe
CBI on Wednesday rejected the state government’s notification withdrawing permission for it to probe a sting operation against chief minister Harish Rawat and decided to continue with its inquiry for which permi-ssion was given during President’s rule.
TOI was first to report about the CBI’s resolve in a news report published on May 17.
The fresh notification of the Uttrakhand government for “withdrawal of consent” to CBI for probing the case was examined by legal experts, official sources said. “We have examined the notification and as per legal opinion the said notification was found to be untenable and the CBI will continue its preliminary enquiry in the case,” said a senior CBI official who is part of the investigation. Earlier, the investigating agency had summoned Rawat for examination for May 9.
The decison means that trouble for Rawat is far from getting over. Earlier the agency had issued summons to him to appear in Delhi to join the investigation but the CM gave it a miss citing the floor test.
To scuttle the CBI probe, the Uttarakhand cabinet had moved a proposal to drop the CBI case and decided to set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the matter.