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CBI must find motive behind sting CD, says U’khand CM

Harish Rawat says the CBI should find out the motives of those who made the CD that allegedly showed him negotiating a deal for the return of rebel Congress MLAs

dehradun Updated: Jun 08, 2016 20:27 IST
Prithviraj Singh
Prithviraj Singh
Hindustan Times
Harish Rawat,Uttarakhand,CBI
Chief minister Harish Rawat addresses a press conference in Dehradun on Wednesday, a day after he was questioned by the CBI in Delhi.(HT Photo)

Chief minister Harish Rawat said on Wednesday that the CBI probe against him was biased and the agency should also find out the motives of those who made the CD which allegedly showed him negotiating a deal for the return of rebel Congress MLAs.

Rawat was talking to reporters in Dehradun a day after he was grilled by the CBI for the second time in Delhi on Tuesday.

He said he was being questioned on a complaint by a third person but those who hatched the plan to make the CD of alleged horse-trading have not been probed.

He said the allegations of horse-trading against him were based on a false premise. “Why would I want legislators to come back against whom complaints were lodged to the speaker for disqualification of their assembly membership,” he asked.

“I am a victim who lost his MLAs and am being grilled by the CBI but the BJP and those who made the CD have been left out by the agency. CBI must also dig out the truth behind the making of the CD and find out those who are involved. The main players have not been touched by the CBI,” said Rawat.

The CBI grilled Rawat on the CD incident for the second time on June 7 after his first appearance at the agency office in Delhi on May 24. He is being investigated for his alleged involvement in settling a deal for the return of nine Congress rebel MLAs who had revolted against the government on March 18 and backed the BJP claiming they voted against the state Budget whereby the government lost confidence of the house.

Rawat said the central government did not release the annual budget passed by the state legislature and this will lead to zero development work in the current financial year.

“My immediate concern is the state budget that was passed by the state legislature but funds are yet to be released by the Centre. The main battle between us and the Centre will be zero development in the state in one year owing to non-release of funds by the Centre,” said the CM.

Rawat also dwelt on Landhora assembly segment controversy in which a rebel and disqualified Congress MLA Pranav Singh Champion’s house was vandalised by hooligans after a fallout between the former MLA’s uncle and a tenant belonging to another community.

Denying the allegation levelled by the BJP that police did not take action against anti-social elements who vandalised Champion’s properties, Rawat said the police did a good job and kept the situation under control.

“There was an attempt to whip up communal disharmony at Landhora. The government was determined to thwart any such move of communal elements. The administration had instructions to maintain law and order there,” said Rawat.

First Published: Jun 08, 2016 20:27 IST