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harish rawatFormer Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, who was summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with a sting operation which shows him negotiating a price to lure back the legislators, will not be appearing before CBI, said former state parliamentary affairs minister Indira Hridayesh.

“Harish Rawat won`t be appearing before CBI in Delhi, tomorrow,” said Indira Hridayesh, Former Parliamentary Affairs Minister.

The Congress party on Sunday wrote to Uttarakhand Speaker requesting that Rawat should stay in Dehradun till the floor test.

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The sting CD made by the editor-in-chief of a private news channel and circulated by the nine Congress rebels who created a political crisis in the state by siding with BJP in the Assembly, purportedly shows Rawat negotiating a money deal with the journalist to buy the support of MLAs who had revolted against him.

Rawat, who had been insisting that the sting was fake, last week virtually admitted his presence in the controversial sting CD, but said it was not a crime to meet a journalist or an MLA and dismissed the conversation shown in the video as “meaningless”.

Alleging that the sting operation and the CBI probe into it were part of a “criminal conspiracy” by BJP to topple an elected government, he dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to put him in jail if he is found in the wrong.

Claiming innocence, Rawat had said if anything in the CD showed he made an offer in cash or kind in exchange for the support of disgruntled MLAs, he was ready “to be hanged” in public.