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Harish Rawat bribed MLA with Rs 2.3 crore for support: CBI sources

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 5 May 2016, 18:23 IST

Deposed Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Harish Rawat had reportedly called an MLA and offered a bribe of Rs 2.3 crore for his support during a floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly. This was revealed in a sting operation conducted by the editor in chief of a news channel, Samachar Plus, Umesh Kumar.

ANI quoted a source saying, "CBI spoke to one MLA who stated that when the Finance Bill was discussed in the Assembly, Harish Rawat called him in the office and offered him Rs 2.3 crore and an important post in the government if he supports it."

Meanwhile, Rawat is scheduled to be questioned by the CBI on 9 May. The video was released by Uttarakhand's rebel Congress MLAs last month, in which Rawat was reportedly seen offering bribes to Congress MLAs, in exchange of support.

While the minister had initially claimed that the video was fake, he later accepted his presence in the video and said that meeting a journalist was not a crime.

First published: 5 May 2016, 18:23 IST
 
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