Sting Row: Harish Rawat At CBI Office

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Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat is being questioned on Tuesday by the CBI, which is investigating a sting which purportedly shows him giving bribes in exchange for support in a trust vote.

A television channel aired the sting in March, when nine rebel Congress lawmakers voted against the state government’s budget, triggering a crisis. The rebels, who have since joined the BJP, cited the video as proof of corruption.

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 Mr Rawat was sacked by the Centre and the state was placed under President’s Rule on March 27. Earlier this month, Mr Rawat returned as Chief Minister after winning a trust vote ordered by the Supreme Court.

After a court rejected his request to cancel the CBI probe into the sting, Mr Rawat was summoned for questioning first on May 5 and later on May 9. But he asked for time.