CBI questions Uttarakhand CM

CBI questions Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday began questioning Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat in an alleged political horse-trading case, in the wake of a “sting” video showing him offering bribes to buy legislative support in the state assembly.

Rawat reached the CBI office here around 11.15 a.m. and his questioning began a little later, an official told IANS.

The “sting operation” video showed Rawat offering money to rebel Congress lawmakers to win their support ahead of a March 28 floor test in the 70-member Uttarakhand house. The floor test never happened as the state came under President’s Rule a day earlier.

The video was shot by a Noida-based private TV channel, Samachar Plus, and was released on March 26 by nine Congress legislators who had rebelled against Rawat’s government.

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