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CBI summons U’khand CM for questioning on Dec 26

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CBI summons U’khand CM for questioning on Dec 26

The CBI has asked Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat to appear before it on December 26 in connection with a probe into the purported sting operation involving him. This is the second time that Rawat has been summoned by the CBI on a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) registered by it in last seven months.

He had earlier appeared before the agency on May 24 during which he was questioned for nearly five hours.

The agency had registered a preliminary enquiry in connection with the alleged sting operation on April 29 purportedly showing Rawat offering bribes to rebel Congress lawmakers to support him during a floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly.

The PE is the first step during which the agency verifies the facts in the complaint received by it. During a PE, the agency usually only “requests” a person “to join the probe” and does not summon him, carry out searches or make any arrests. If verification of facts shows need of further probe, it may register an FIR or else close the PE.

The CBI probe focuses on Rawat’s relations with the owner of a news channel, alleged bribe proposal made to one dissident MLA by him and a Minister in his previous Cabinet, besides his claims on the

purported sting video. The case was registered on the reference received from the State Government (during President’s rule) and subsequent notification from BJP-led Central Government.

 

After Rawat’s victory in the floor test, the State Cabinet had met on May 15 and withdrawn the notification recommending a CBI probe into the sting operation involving him. Instead, the State Cabinet decided to constitute a Special Investigating Team to probe the case as it was a State subject.

 

CBI had said the notification was rejected after taking legal opinion, which said there was no ground for its withdrawal and it was “not legally tenable”. The Chief Minister had failed to get a reprieve from Uttarakhand High Court also which had refused to quash the ongoing CBI probe into the sting operation.

 
 
 

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