Ut­tarak­hand Sting Video: CBI Reg­is­ters PE

In­ves­ti­gat­ing agency also ques­tions a jour­nal­ist, Umesh Ku­mar, who pur­port­edly shot the sting video

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Our Po­lit­i­cal Bureau

New Delhi: The Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) on Fri­day reg­is­tered a pre­lim­i­nary en­quiry into a ‘sting op­er­a­tion’ al­legedly in­volv­ing for­mer Ut­tarak­hand Chief Min­is­ter Har­ish Rawat. Ut­tarak­hand’s rebel Congress MLAs had last month re­leased a video pur­port­edly show­ing Rawat of­fer­ing them bribes for sup­port dur­ing floor test in the assem­bly. Rawat had called the video fake.

As part of its pre­lim­i­nary en­quiry, the agency also ques­tioned a jour­nal­ist, Umesh Ku­mar, who pur­port­edly shot that video. CBI sources said Umesh Ku­mar was ques­tioned by the agency for nearly two and half hours at the CBI head­quar­ters here. "CBI has asked me to pro­vide raw footage of the sting which I will give tom­morow," Umesh said, com­ing out of the CBI of­fice.

Two days be­fore Rawat was to face the vote of con­fi­dence on March 28, rebel Congress MLAs led by for­mer chief min­is­ter Vi­jay Bahuguna al­leged that they were of­fered bribe by Rawat for sup­port dur­ing the floor test in the Assem­bly and re­leased video of a "sting" op­er­a­tion pur­port­edly show­ing Rawat who called it "fake".

Congress had al­leged that the "dirty tricks depart­ment" of BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah is at work, while the saf­fron party had de­man-

AL­LEG­ING HORSE TRAD­ING

ded "im­me­di­ate dis­missal" of the Rawat gov­ern­ment.

The Cen­tre had im­posed Pres­i­dent’s Rule in Ut­tarak­hand last month af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­port from the Gover­nor in which he had re­ferred to some re­ports, al­leg­ing the Congress of in­volv­ing in horse­trad­ing to save its gov­ern­ment.

Be­fore that, Ut­tarak­hand assem­bly Speaker Govind Singh Kun­jwal had dis­qual­i­fied nine rebel Congress MLAs from the House when they ex­pressed dis­plea­sure over the func­tion­ing of Rawat as the chief min­is­ter.

The state will re­main un­der Pres­i­dent’s Rule till fur­ther or­ders by the Supreme Court. Hear­ing in apex court would re­sume from May 3 on the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s plea chal­leng­ing the Ut­tarak­hand high court or­der that had re­voked Pres­i­dent’s Rule in the hill state.

had last month re­leased a video pur­port­edly show­ing Rawat of­fer­ing them bribes for sup­port dur­ing floor test

in Ut­tarak­hand last month af­ter re­ceiv­ing a Gover­nor re­port al­leg­ing Congress of in­volv­ing in horse-trad­ing to save its gov­ern­ment

dis­qual­i­fied nine rebel Congress MLAs from the House when they ex­pressed dis­plea­sure over the func­tion­ing of Rawat as chief min­is­ter

REBEL CONGRESS MLAs RAWAT HAD CALLED THE VIDEO FAKE

CEN­TRE HAD IM­POSED PRES­I­DENT’S RULE BE­FORE THAT, ASSEM­BLY SPEAKER

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