The Uttarakhand High Court gave its nod to the CBI to go ahead with its investigation in the case and lodge an FIR against Rawat after the agency submitted a report in a sealed cover on the preliminary inquiry.
On Wednesday, governments in Maharashtra and Uttarakhand took cognisance of the matter. While the former, terming the heavy penalties as 'exorbitant', stayed the act's implementation in the state, the latter reduced quantum of fines mentioned under the new law.
The Uttarakhand high court's order came on a PIL challenging the legality of a resolution passed by the Kotdwar Bar Association few months ago asking its members not to defend a man accused of murdering an advocate.
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