New Delhi, Oct. 30 -- The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed an order by the Uttarakhand high court directing the CBI to register an FIR against Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on a complaint by a journalist who alleged that the leader had received a Rs.25 lakh bribe in 2016, when he was in charge of the BJP's Jharkand unit.

Attorney general KK Venugopal, who appeared for Rawat, said: "The petition before the high court concerned quashing of an FIR against the journalist and the high court passed the order (on Wednesday) directing CBI investigation without hearing the petitioner (Rawat)...This order has destabilized the government and should be stayed."

The HC took suo moto cognizance of the petition filed by journalist Ume...