[Breaking] Supreme Court Stays Uttarakhand High Court Order Directing CBI Investigation Against CM Trivendra Singh Rawat [Read Order]

first_imgTop Stories[Breaking] Supreme Court Stays Uttarakhand High Court Order Directing CBI Investigation Against CM Trivendra Singh Rawat [Read Order] Sanya Talwar29 Oct 2020 1:10 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has stayed the Uttarakhand HC order directing CBI probe into corruption allegations against Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy & MR Shah observed that the issue required consideration, while issuing notice and sought response from the Respondents.Uttarakhand High Court order had directed the Central Bureau…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has stayed the Uttarakhand HC order directing CBI probe into corruption allegations against Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy & MR Shah observed that the issue required consideration, while issuing notice and sought response from the Respondents.Uttarakhand High Court order had directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file an FIR and investigate the allegations of corruption levelled against Uttarakhand’s Sitting Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat by an investigative journalist, Umesh Sharma.The Chief Minister has been accused of getting money transferred to his relatives’ bank account for backing a candidate in Gau Seva Ayog when he was BJP’s Jharkhand in-charge.Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had moved Supreme Court challenging the Judgmnt.Today, Attorney General KK Venugopal told the Court that the High Court was entirely wrong. “They have not heard him, look at the consequences! Immediately, what one would anticipate? This was not something that the HC should do and destabilise the government,” he said.Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal appeared for Journalist Umesh Sharma.”The matter is a serious one and there are Whatsapp messages indicating a linkage of the Chief Minister,” he said.At this juncture, the bench made some oral remarks.HC has exercised suo motu powers under Article 226 when there was no issue raised by you, everyone was taken by surprise, remarked Justice Shah.The CM was not even a party and such a drastic order has been passed, Justice Bhushan said.It may be noted that the Bench of Justice Ravindra Maithani gave this Judgment in the matter wherein one Umesh Sharma (the owner of the local News Channel ‘Samachar plus’) had made a video (in July 2020) related to Rawat’s alleged role of getting money transferred to accounts of his relatives in the year 2016 (as BJP’s Jharkhand in-charge) to back the appointment of a person (AS Chauhan) in Jharkhand to head the Gau Seva Ayog.Apart from this, the Court had also allowed the plea filed by Journalist Umesh Sharma (who owns local News Channel ‘Samachar Plus’) to quash an FIR filed against him in July 2020 for publishing a video levelling corruption allegations against TSRCM (Trivendra Singh Rawat Chief Minister).In fact, the Journalist had made a video related to Rawat’s alleged role of getting money transferred to the accounts of his relatives in the year 2016 (when he was BJP’s Jharkhand in-charge) to back the appointment of a person (AS Chauhan) in Jharkhand to head the Gau Seva Ayog.It was alleged that one Amritesh Chauhan from Jharkhand had deposited money after demonetisation into the bank account of Harendra Singh Rawat and his wife Savita Rawat for the personal benefit of TSRCM.The allegations against the petitioner were two folds that he gave a false statement that any amount was deposited, in the account of the informant (Harendra Singh Rawat) and his family members etc., and he gave another false statement that the wife (Savita Rawat) of the informant (Harendra Singh Rawat) is the real elder sister of the wife of TSRCM.Pursuant to this, the FIR [No. 265 of 2020] was registered on the request of Harendra Singh Rawat (Informant) and Umesh Sharma (Petitioner) was booked for cheating, forgery, conspiracy and allied offences.Court’s order quashing the FIR and Ordering CBI ProbeThe Court noted that it was cautious that “at this stage, in the instant proceeding, a deeper analysis of any material is not to be made. What is being argued is that no prima-facie case is made out against the petitioner”.The Court, after analysing the facts and circumstances of the case, came to the conclusion that prima facie offences were not made out against Sharma.The Court also said,”If allegations are levelled against the representatives, it alone cannot be sedition. Criticizing the government can never be sedition. Unless the public functionaries are criticized, democracy cannot be strengthened.”It was emphasized by the Court that in a democracy dissent is always respected and considered, if it is suppressed under sedition laws perhaps, it would be an attempt to make the democracy weak.”Adding Section 124-A IPC in the instant case manifests that it has been an attempt of the State, to muzzle the voice of criticism, to muffle complaint/ dissent”, noted the Court.Consequently, the High Court quashed the FIR against the Journalist.It may be noted that while ordering for a CBI Probe into the matter, the Court was of the view that.”Considering the nature of allegations levelled against Trivendra Singh Rawat, the Chief Minister of the State, it would be appropriate to unfold the truth. It would be in the interest of the State that the doubts are cleared.”Therefore, while allowing the petition to quash FIR, the Court proposed for investigation also.In view of the nature of the allegations, the Court was of the view that the CBI should be directed to lodge an FIR on the basis of allegations levelled in the instant petition and investigate the case in accordance with the law.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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