CBI questions Harish Rawat on 'horsetrading' sting video

The sting video showed Rawat offering money to rebel Congress legislators to win their support ahead of a 28 March floor test, which never happened.

IANS June 07, 2016 14:44:26 IST
CBI questions Harish Rawat on 'horsetrading' sting video

New Delhi: The CBI on Tuesday questioned Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat in the wake of a "sting" video showing him offering bribes to buy legislative support in the state assembly.

CBI questions Harish Rawat on horsetrading sting video

A file photo of Harish Rawat. PTI

Rawat reached the Central Bureau of Investigation headquarters after 11 a.m. The questioning began a little later, a CBI official told IANS.

Rawat was questioned in the same case for around five hours on 24 May.

The sting video showed Rawat offering money to rebel Congress legislators to win their support ahead of a 28 March 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 26 March by nine Congress legislators who had rebelled against Rawat's government.

Based on a reference from the state government, then under President's Rule, and further orders from the central government, the CBI on 25 April initiated a preliminary inquiry to determine the authenticity of the sting operation.

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