New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation today quizzed Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat in connection with the sting operation showing him trying to strike a deal with a journalist to retain the support of the rebel Congress MLAs who had put his Government in jeopardy.
The Uttarakhand Chief Minister was grilled at the CBI headquarters here after the Central Government’s apex investigating agency had rejected the state government’s notification withdrawing approval for probe given during President’s Rule. Even the Uttarakhand High Court refused to stay the CBI probe on Rawat’s request.
New Delhi: Sacked Uttarakhand chief Minister Harish Rawat is all set to return as Chief Minister of the hill State after the Supreme Court today approved the result of Tuesday’s floor test in the State Assembly.
“Rawat gets 33 votes out of 61 in the floor test. No irregularities were found in the voting. 9 MLAs could not vote due to their disqualification,” an apex court bench today said and ordered immediate revocation of President’s rule to enble Rawat to resume office as Chief Minister.
The Apex Court decision comes as a huge embarrassment for the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Modi Government which had shown undue haste in dismissing the Rawat Government and imposing President’s Rule in Uttarakhand after 9 rebel Congress MLAs had been disqualified under the anti-defection law by the Speaker as they had defied the party whip and voted aganst the Appropriation Bill in the State Assembly. The rebel MLAs had contested the Speaker’s decision and approached the High Court. After the High Court upheld the Speaker’s decision, the nine MLAs approached the Supreme Court which decided not to interfere with the High Court order in this case.
Dehruadun: There was much jubilation in the Congress camp today as the sacked Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat today appears to have won the floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly as it is claimed that 33 of the 61 MLAs have voted in his favour.
The result of the vote will be given to the court tomorrow morning in a sealed envelope.
Congress claimed that 33 MLAs voted for Rawat while BJP MLAs conceded defeat saying they got only 28 in a House with an effective strength of 61. Nine rebel Congress MLAs, who were earlier disqualified by the Assembly Speaker and barred from voting by an order of the High Court which was upheld yesterday by the Supreme Court did not cast their vote
New Delhi: What comes as a relief for ousted Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, who faces a floor test in the State Assembly tomorrow is the Supreme Court decision today to reject the applications filed by nine dissident Congress MLAs of Uttarakhand to participate in the floor test.
A division bench of the apex court presided by Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justice Shiva Kriti Singh, refused to interfere with the Uttarakhand High Court order which bars the rebel MLAs from participating in tomorrow’s floor test.