CBI questions Uttarakhand CM over alleged sting operation

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Rawat was questioned by the CBI on May 24 also.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: The CBI on Tuesday questioned Uttarakhand chief minister for investigations into an alleged sting operation in which he is apparently seen trying to influence some dissident Congress MLAs to support him during the floor test in the Assembly.

Mr Rawat was questioned by the CBI on May 24 also. The CBI officials claimed that Mr Rawat had not answered some of the questions satisfactorily, a claim which was rubbished by the Uttarakhand CM who said he had fully cooperated with the investigating agency. The CBI had registered a preliminary enquiry in connection with the case on April 29.

Even though Mr Rawat has denied the allegations and called the video fake he later admitted that he was on camera in the sting operation, but clarified that it had been  edited to convey a wrong impression. After Mr Rawat won the floor test, the state Cabinet met on May 15 and withdrew the notification recommending a CBI probe into the sting operation. But his plea to stop the CBI investigation into the incident was rejected by the HC.

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