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Relief for Rawat: SC stay HC-ordered FIR against him on graft charges

Oct 29, 2020 16:33 IST

In a relief to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, the Supreme Court Thursday stayed the High Court’s order on lodging an FIR against him on alleged corruption charges. Appearing for Rawat, Attorney General K K Venugopal told the Supreme Court that the high court had not heard his counsel before ordering CBI probe into allegations of corruption. He further said an FIR cannot be lodged without hearing the party, who is the chief minister in this case, which will unsettle the elected government. The high court had ordered on Tuesday for a CBI probe into allegations made by a journalist in a video, accusing Rawat of allegedly getting money transferred to accounts of relatives in 2016 to back the appointment of a person in Jharkhand to head the Gau Seva Ayog. Rawat was then the BJP’s Jharkhand in-charge.

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