“It doesn’t matter much if the subject is old or not. What matters is how the reports were prepared without evidence, and there should be a thorough investigation into the matter, ”the former CM told ET on Friday at his local office in the Nehru Nagar area of Dehradun. “Since the matter has taken on a political color, it should be investigated by an acting superior court judge. A judicial investigation will give more credibility to the investigation. ”
Rawat said this should not be treated as a simple economic crime, as it occurred during the pandemic and can have wide ramifications. Given the seriousness of the crime, those involved should be registered for attempted murder, he said, noting that the negative reports allowed people to move freely during Kumbh Mela.
It welcomed the sample ordered by the CM and demanded an independent investigation and within a certain time so that there is no policy in this regard. He underscored the need for an investigation by a competent and credible agency, saying that a judicial investigation is desirable in this case.
On his abrupt departure as CM in March this year, Rawat said he was grateful to the party for making him a CM for four years and that he resigned after the message from the high command that he wanted to make another CM. “I did my best to work transparently and adopted a zero tolerance policy against corruption. I worked tirelessly without rest, ”he said.
Speaking about his achievements, Rawat said that he worked on rural connectivity, giving electricity to all houses and providing medical coverage to the 2.3 million families in the state under the Atal Ayushman scheme.
Rawat also defended his decision to establish the Devasthanam Board trust for the management of some 50 temples, including Kedarnath and Badrinath, despite opposition from priests and a section of the locals. He said that he had planned the trust in the trust lines for the temples of Vashno Devi, Sai Baba and Tirupati Balaji.
On his possible new role in the party organization, the former prime minister said he would do whatever his party decides for him. He recently visited Delhi and met with various BJP leaders.