Harish Rawat not cooperating in probe, CBI to Uttarakhand High Court

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NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday told the Uttarakhand High Court that former chief minister Harish Rawat was not cooperating with the investigating agency in its probe into the sting operation case.

Appearing on behalf of the CBI before Justice RC Khulbe of the high court to inform about the progress in the case, senior advocate Rakesh Thapliyal and Sandip Tandon said Rawat was not cooperating with it in the probe.

Though Rawat’s counsel and Supreme Court lawyer Devidutt Kamath denied the CBI’s claim, Justice Khulbe asked for more documents to be submitted in the court.

However, Khulbe recused himself from hearing the case later.

The case will now be taken to Chief Justice Ramesh Rangnathan who will decide the new bench to be constituted for further hearings in the case.

With Khulbe recusing himself from hearing the case it is uncertain when it will come up next for hearing.

A sting video in 2016 which purportedly showed Rawat negotiating a deal to buy the support of rebel party MLAs in 2016 created a flutter across the country.

Though Rawat subsequently won a Supreme Court-monitored floor test in the state assembly and his government was reinstated after a brief spell of the president’s rule a CBI probe was launched into the sting operation.

Source: Press Trust of India