The CBI will file an FIR against the then Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat in the case of bribing MLA’s. The CBI gave this information before a single bench of High Court Justice RC Khulbe during the hearing of the case. The next hearing will now be on 20 September.
According to the case, in 2016, a private channel showed a sting of the then Chief Minister Harish Rawat. In this sting, Rawat was seen bargaining with MLAs to save the government. During this period some Congress MLAs joined BJP and the state was under President’s rule. The matter of imposing President’s rule first reached the High Court and later the Supreme Court, consequently the Rawat government was restored.
Even before the resumption of the government, during the President’s rule, on the recommendation of the Governor, the Center had issued orders to get the CBI to investigate the sting case. When the Rawat government was reinstated, it was decided to withdraw the recommendation of the CBI inquiry done by the Governor in the cabinet meeting and get the matter investigated by the SIT. It was however not approved by the central government, a PI (preliminary inquiry) was conducted against Rawat by the CBI.