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Uttarakhand crisis: Rawat won’t appear before CBI on Monday

india Updated: May 08, 2016 23:42 IST
Harish Rawat

Former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat addresses the media in Dehradun on Snday. (PTI)

Deposed Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat, who was summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with a sting operation which shows him negotiating a price to lure back the legislators, will not be appearing before the investigative agency, said former state parliamentary affairs minister Indira Hridayesh.

“Harish Rawat won’t be appearing before CBI in Delhi, tomorrow (Monday),” said Indira Hridayesh, former parliamentary affairs minister.

The Congress party wrote to Uttarakhand speaker, requesting that Harish Rawat who is scheduled to be in Delhi to be questioned by the CBI should stay in Dehradun till the floor test.

According to sources, the CBI has been able to establish the genuineness of the sting operation after it spoke to an MLA, who stated that when the Finance Bill was discussed in the assembly, Rawat had called him to the office and offered him Rs.2.3 crore and an important post in the government, if he supports him.

Rawat recently admitted to having met the journalist, but denied any wrongdoing.

The investigating agency had registered a preliminary enquiry in the matter last week.

The Union home ministry had sent a CD of the video to a forensics laboratory in Chandigarh to have it authenticated.