Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat was questioned on Tuesday by the CBI probing CM’s connection with the sting operation. However, CBI sources claimed that Harish Rawat did not fully answer some questions.
Rawat arrived at the CBI headquarters at 11 AM with his few supporters. He was questioned for 5 hours till 4 PM. He was reportedly asked over his apparent ties with the owner of a news channel and the alleged bribe proposal made to one protestor MLA by him and a minister in his cabinet.
“Harish Rawat was examined in connection with inquiry in the alleged sting operation. Further examination will continue. He will be called again,” CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh said.
Sources in the agency later claimed that Rawat could not “furnish full and complete details” on many issues, and will be called again. This was contradicted by Rawat, who claimed that he had fully cooperated with the CBI.
“I need not give any evidence. I have neither done any horse trading nor given any money to anyone. I never said I want MLAs. I will come again on June 7. People of electronic media reach anywhere. I assent that journalist with respect and he blackmailed me. Media needs to consider over this,” he said. He added that he could not come on May 9 as he was engaged in the floor test preparations.
Later, addressing a gathering in Delhi, Rawat said, “We are not here to fight (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi ji or (BJP chief) Amit Shah. But if they keep pinching us, they should not forget that sometimes even an ant can trouble an elephant.”
CBI had registered a preliminary inquiry in connection with the alleged sting operation purportedly showing Rawat offering bribes to opposing Congress lawmakers to support him during a floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly.