11/02/2015 06:12 EST | Updated 11/02/2015 06:59 EST

Naresh Bhardwaj, Former Progressive Conservative, Will Faces No Charges After Bribery Investigation

Bhardwaj denied the allegations and temporarily stepped down.

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EDMONTON — Police say no charges will be laid following a bribery investigation into a former Alberta politician.

Naresh Bhardwaj was a Progressive Conservative backbencher when he was accused in March of tampering in a heated nomination race in his Edmonton-Ellerslie constituency.

A resident of the riding swore an affidavit alleging Bhardwaj and another man offered him $10,000 to help disqualify a rival for the riding nomination.

Bhardwaj denied the allegations and temporarily stepped down as associate minister for persons with disabilities.

He later withdrew his candidacy, saying he didn't want the matter to be a distraction for the Tories.

The NDP, which was voted into power in May, had asked Edmonton police to investigate.

Bhardwaj said in a statement Sunday that he's happy the investigation is over.

"I have said it all along that I will continue to vigorously work to clear my name with complete and full confidence, and my innocence will be proven absolutely,'' he said.

"I have also repeatedly said that it is an absolute lie and the truth will always be victorious.''

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