Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik summoned by CBI over insurance scam case.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has been summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for questioning on April 28 as a witness in connection with a case of alleged corruption by Reliance General Insurance.
As reported by news agency PTI, Malik has been summoned as CBI wants certain clarifications.
"They want certain clarifications for which they want my presence. I am going to Rajasthan so I have given them dates from April 27 to 29 when I am available," Malik told PTI.
The summoning notice comes days after Malik commented on the 2019 Pulwama attack in an interview, with the news website The Wire where he claimed that security lapses led to the Pulwama attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed.
Malik in the interview said the government denied a request by the paramilitary force asking for an aircraft to commute, which in turn led to the soldiers travelling by road.
In April 2022, the CBI filed two FIRs following Malik's corruption allegations of awarding of contracts for a group medical insurance scheme for government employees and civil work worth Rs 2,200 crore related to the Kiru hydroelectric power project in Jammu and Kashmir.
Malik in his allegation said he was offered a bribe of Rs 150 crore each for clearing two files, of which, one of them was owned by Anil Ambani and other to a former minister in the previous Mehbooba Mufti-led (PDP-BJP coalition) government.
However, the then governor of J&K in 2018 had cancelled the contract by the company, owned by industrialist Anil Ambani.
"I was informed by secretaries in both the departments that there is a scandal and I accordingly cancelled both the deals. The secretaries told me that 'you will get Rs 150 crore each for clearing the files' but I told them that I have come with five kurta-pyjamas and will leave with that only," Malik had told a gathering at an event in Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan in October 2022.
In the same month, last year i.e., October 2022, the CBI questioned Malik in connection with one of the two cases.
The former governor of Jammu and Kashmir later today took to his Twitter and wrote, "I have exposed the sins of some people by speaking the truth. Maybe that's why the call has come. I am the son of a farmer, I will not panic. I stand by the truth.”
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