Harish Rawat bribery case: Unfortunate the way Centre treats CBI, says Congress

| Updated: Dec 24, 2016 14:06 IST

Mumbai [India], Dec. 24 (ANI): The Congress party on Saturday accused the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of misusing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to corner Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on alleged and unproven bribery charges. "There is some role of the institutions in a democracy, but it is wrong to misuse it. They (Centre) are just perturbed by the allegation put forth by Rahul ji," Congress leader Husain Dalwai told ANI. "It is unfortunate the way CBI has been treated," he added. CBI has asked Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat to appear before it on December 26 in connection with a probe into the purported sting operation involving him. The CBI had registered the preliminary enquiry on April 29 to probe a sting operation that purportedly showed Rawat offering bribes to rebel Congress MLAs to support him during the floor test. The agency had summoned Rawat for examination on May 9, but he had sought more time. The case was handed over to the CBI when President's Rule was imposed in the state. The notification was withdrawn immediately after Rawat proved his majority in the assembly and his government was restored. (ANI)