Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat to appear before CBI on 24 May

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Harish Rawat.
Harish Rawat.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harsih Rawat has been summoned by the CBI in connection with a sting CD probe, showing Rawat indulging in horse trading prior to imposition of President’s rule on 27 March.

The CM hoped for an unbiased investigation in the matter and assured his full cooperation with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Rawat said, “I am going to Delhi as the CBI has asked me to appear before it on 24 May. Whatever the agency wants to know I will tell them. I leave it on the CBI to probe the matter in an unbiased manner.”

While Rawat claimed that the episode was meant to tarnish his fair reputation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged the sting was proof enough of the illegal means used by Rawat to stay in power.

Last week, the CBI quashed the Uttarakhand government’s notification withdrawing the case related to the sting saying it was “not legally tenable”.

CBI had filed a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) on 29 April to probe the sting showing Rawat offering bribes to rebel Congress MLAs to support him during the floor test.

Meanwhile, tension grew between the BJP and the Congress. “The Centre should not try indirect means to tumble an elected government after having failed miserably during the President’s Rule,” said Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.