Uttarakhand Sting operation: CBI summons Chief Minister Harish Rawat
Investigating agency CBI has summoned Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat to appear before it on December 26 relating to the probe into the sting operation that allegedly puts him on a culpable light.
Rawat first dismissed the video as fake after it was first released by rebel Congress MLAs but later confessed that he was there in the clip.
CBI had registered the preliminary probe on April 29 on the video showing Rawat offering payoffs to rebel Congress MLAs in exchange for their support in the no-confidence motion on the assembly.
The CBI had directed the presence of the CM on May 9, 2016 but Rawat had more sought time. The case was handed over to the CBI when President’s Rule was imposed in the state.
After he proved his majority in the House, the state cabinet on May 15 cancelled the notification recommending a CBI inquiry and decided to set up a special investigation team to examine the case.