Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Monday failed to appear before the CBI in connection with a probe into the purported sting operation involving him and sought a fresh date for it, which was granted by the agency.
The matter pertains to CBI’s ongoing probe into the alleged sting operation purportedly showing Rawat negotiating a deal to buy support of disgruntled Congress MLAs to save his government earlier this year.
Rawat expressed his inability to appear before it and sought a fresh date for the purpose.CBI sources said the Uttarakhand CM has cited official engagements for his inability to join the probe and soon a new date will be given to him to appear before it.
He had been served summons by the CBI on Friday last, asking him to appear before it on Monday. 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. The reason for summoning him again, according to CBI sources, was that Rawat had not furnished full and complete details on many issues.
Rawat averse to PM laying foundation stone of Rs 12K road: BJP
BJP on Monday said Chief Minister Harish Rawat was averse to Prime Minister Narendra Modi laying the foundation stone of a Rs 12,000 crore all weather road project for Chardham here on Tuesday because it exposed his “lie” about the Centre being indifferent towards the state.
“Though the PM is coming to lay the foundation stone of such an ambitious project, the CM seems unhappy about it. His displeasure is not without a reason. It exposes the lie he has spread about the Centre being indifferent to the hill state and not releasing funds for projects meant for its welfare,” Pradesh BJP president Ajay Bhatt told reporters here.