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CBI summons Harish Rawat in sting CD probe

Centre revoked President's rule in Uttarakhand on May 11 after Rawat proved his majority in a floor test

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Publish Date: May 22 2016 1:50PM | Updated Date: May 22 2016 5:21PM

CBI summons Harish Rawat in sting CD probe

 The CBI has summoned Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat for questioning on Tuesday in connection with a sting operation, which allegedly shows him alleg offering bribes for support before a crucial floor test.

 
Centre revoked President's rule in Uttarakhand on May 11 after Congress chief minister Rawat proved his majority in a floor test in State Assembly held May 10.
 
On March 26, nine rebel Congress leaders released the sting video and alleged that Rawat tried to buy their support for the floor test by offering them money.
 
The Centre imposed President's Rule in Uttarakhand on March 27 saying Rawat lost his majority when the same nine Congress legislators rebelled.
 
Uttarakhand jumped into a political crisis when the nine Congress MLAs went against their own government in a debate on an Appropriation Bill earlier in March during the Budget Session of the Assembly.
 
In the last week of April the CBI registered a preliminary enquiry into the sting operation. The home ministry sent the sting CD to a Chandigarh forensics laboratory for examining its authenticity.
 
The Central Forensic Science Laboratory, in its report submitted to the government, said that the sting operation CD released by rebel Congress leaders against Rawat is genuine.
 
Also, in the last week of April, Rawat almost accepted his presence in the sting tape. He said meeting a journalist was not a crime.