No CBI probe into sting op: Uttarakhand Cabinet

No CBI probe into sting op: Uttarakhand Cabinet

 In a siginificant move, the Uttarakhand Cabinet on Sunday withdrew the notification recommending CBI probe into a sting operation involving Chief Minister Harish Rawat.

This prompted the Opposition BJP to charge he was shying away from investigation as he was “afraid of being caught”.

The state Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by its senior-most member Indira Hridayesh, decided to withdraw the notification issued on April 2 during President’s Rule recommending a CBI probe into the sting CD, Chief Secretary Shatrughna Singh told reporters here.

The CD purportedly showed Rawat negotiating a deal to buy support of disgruntled Congress MLAs.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to constitute an SIT  to probe the case, he said.
The Cabinet meeting is said to have been chaired by Hridayesh as withdrawal of the notification for the ongoing probe was on top of its agenda and the chief minister himself presiding over it would have put a question mark on the objectivity of the move.

Reacting sharply to the decision, state BJP president Ajay Bhatt said it was yet another testimony to Rawat’s “guilt”.

“It shows he is shying away from a CBI probe as he is afraid of being caught. The CD contains enough evidence of his involvement,” Bhatt said.

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