Uttarakhand CM Rawat demands forensic probe of BJP-released sting video

Dehradun, July 22 (ANI): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Wednesday said he would be ordering for a forensic investigation of the sting tape released by the BJP, that was aimed at exposing corruption charges him in the context of a liquor scam during the devastating 2013 floods.

“I have decided to hand over the matter to forensics so that there is a fair investigation in the matter. There is no clarity in whatever I have seen. It is necessary that a forensic investigation of the CD be done. If anyone is found guilty in the forensic investigation of the CD, then I will take action,” said Rawat.

“The accusations of the BJP, that we have given the public undertaking to private ones is incorrect. Nobody has authenticated voice or the video. The detail of timing, location of the recording is not authenticated. BJP should have also revealed about where and when it was recorded,” he added.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had earlier today claimed that it had proof of Rawat’s involvement in a liquour scam and loot during the devastating 2013 floods, following which it had released a video in which Rawat’s personal secretary Mohammad Shahid is seen allegedly asking for bribes from liquor barons.

Rawat had earlier ordered an inquiry into the flood relief scam, adding that strict action would be initiated against those responsible.

According to reports, during the disaster in Uttarakhand, when lakhs of people went hungry, officials of the state government were busy utilizing the Rs. 7000 per day allowance given to them for supervising relief efforts.

When the state was struggling for two meals in a day, the officials had a normal day diet of mutton chops, chicken, milk and cottage cheese.

An RTI reply has revealed a scam in the allowance claims made by the officials involved in the rescue and relief works. (ANI)

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