New Delhi: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat reached the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarter early on Tuesday in connection with the ongoing preliminary enquiry into an alleged sting operation against him.
Rawat is also accused of horse trading. Earlier on May 24, CBI had questioned Rawat in connection with the sting operation where he was allegedly shown offering bribe to rebel Congress MLAs to save his government.
The Uttarakhand chief minister had said that this was a conspiracy against him.
Continuing his tirade against the BJP-led Centre for handing over the matter to the CBI, Rawat this was done when Uttarakhand was under President’s rule.
Meanwhile, Uttarakhand BJP president Ajay Bhatt said that Rawat should cooperate with the CBI rather than blaming anyone in this regard.
Earlier, the Uttarakhand High Court had refused to quash the ongoing CBI probe into the sting operation, following which the agency had summoned the Chief Minister.
The TV sting operation was done in March, when rebel Congress lawmakers voted against the state budget, triggering a political crisis.
Later, Rawat government was sacked by the Centre and the state was placed under President’s Rule.
However, Congress knocked the door of the Court and Rawat returned as Chief Minister after winning a trust vote ordered by the Supreme Court earlier this month.
First Published | 7 June 2016 11:39 AM