New Delhi: Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat was on Tuesday questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with a probe into the sting operation involving him.

Rawat, accompanied by some supporters and a member of legislative assembly, arrived at the CBI headquarters at 11am.

The CBI had last week rejected the state government’s notification withdrawing the nod for probing the case which was given during the President’s rule. The Uttarakhand high court also did not stay the CBI probe as requested by Rawat.

The CBI had said the notification was rejected after taking legal opinion, which said there was no ground for its withdrawal and it was “not legally tenable".

The CBI had registered a preliminary enquiry on 29 April to probe the “sting operation" purportedly showing Rawat offering bribes to rebel Congress lawmakers to support him during a floor test in the Uttarakhand assembly.

The agency had summoned Rawat for examination on 9 May, but he sought more time after which he won the floor test and returned to power.

Rawat has denied the allegation and called the video fake after it was released by the rebel Congress legislators, but later admitted that he was on camera in the sting operation.

After Rawat’s victory in the floor test, the state cabinet met on 15 May and withdrew the notification recommending a CBI probe into a sting operation involving him. Instead, the state cabinet decided to constitute a special investigating team to probe the case as it was a state subject.

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