CBI quizzes ex-J&K Governor Satyapal Malik for 5 hrs

Officials quizzed Malik in connection with his claim that he was offered ₹300 crores as a bribe to clear files regarding an insurance scheme

NEW DELHI | Updated: 28 April, 2023 8:13 pm IST
Former J&K Governor Satyapal Malik

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday quizzed Satyapal Malik, the former Governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, in connection with the Reliance Insurance scheme.

CBI officials quizzed Malik in connection with his claim that he was offered ₹300 crores as a bribe to clear two files during his stint as the Governor of J&K between August 23, 2018, and October 30, 2019.

A team of CBI sleuths reached Malik’s residence in New Delhi and quizzed him for over five hours.

On March 21, Malik was sent a notice by the CBI seeking some clarification from him. He was called at his convenience on April 27 or April 28 regarding seeking information in the insurance case he rejected as Governor of the erstwhile state of J&K.

Last year, in October, the CBI questioned Malik in connection with this case. Malik had cancelled a contract with the company in 2018, when he was the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.

In April last year, the CBI registered the two FIRs in connection with corruption allegations levelled by Malik in awarding contracts for a group medical insurance scheme for government employees and civil work worth ₹2,200 crores related to the Kiru hydroelectric power project in the erstwhile state.

The CBI named Reliance General Insurance along with Trinity Reinsurance Brokers as accused in an alleged scam in rolling out a medical insurance scheme for Jammu and Kashmir government employees and their families.

Malik had claimed that he was offered a ₹300 crore bribe for clearing files during his tenure as the governor of Jammu and Kashmir between August 23, 2018, and October 30, 2019.

Recently, Malik alleged that he was offered money by RSS and BJP leader Ram Madhav to pass the scheme. Madhav, meanwhile, has termed the allegations baseless and filed a defamation case against Malik.

In the last few weeks, Malik has triggered a row over his comments on the Pulwama terror attack and corruption issues. He had also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NSA Ajit Doval.

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