Need not produce proof of my innocence: Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat on sting CD case

New Delhi: After five hours of thorough questioning by CBI in connection with a probe into the sting operation involving him, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said that he has done nothing wrong and that he didn’t have to produce any evidence regarding that.

 

“I don't have to produce any proof proving my innocence, have not done anything wrong,” Rawat told the reporters upon leaving the CBI Headquarters here.

 

In an alleged political horse-trading case, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday questioned Mr. Rawat in the wake of a "sting" video showing him offering bribes to buy legislative support in the state assembly.

 

Rawat reached the CBI office here around 11.15 a.m. and his questioning began a little later, an official said.

 

The "sting operation" video showed Rawat offering money to rebel Congress lawmakers to win their support ahead of a March 28 floor test in the 70-member Uttarakhand house. The floor test never happened as the state came under President's Rule a day earlier.

 

The video was shot by a Noida-based private TV channel, Samachar Plus, and was released on March 26 by nine Congress legislators who had rebelled against Rawat's government.

With Agency inputs