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CBI interrogates former Governor Satya Pal Malik in connection with the offer of Rs 300 crore bribe

CBI questions former Governor Satya Pal Malik over his allegations at CBI Headquarters in Delhi

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has conducted inquiries in connection with two corruption cases registered in Jammu and Kashmir in April on the basis of allegations leveled by former Governor Satya Pal Malik. This information was given by the officials. The CBI questioned former Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik at the CBI Headquarters in Delhi over his allegations that when he was the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, he was given a bribe of Rs 300 crore to clear two files. was offered.

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Officials said the CBI team took details of his comments earlier this week. He said Malik was questioned after his five-year term as governor ended on October 4.

Malik was appointed as the Governor of Bihar in 2017, after which he was deported to Jammu and Kashmir in 2018. In August 2019, most of the provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, were revoked as soon as Malik was there.

What is the whole matter?
On October 17, 2021, in a program in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, Satyapal Malik had said, ‘After going to Kashmir, two files came to me. One was Ambani’s file and the other was of an RSS affiliate who was a minister in the previous Mehbooba Mufti-BJP coalition government. He was also very close to PM Modi. I was informed by the secretaries that there was a scam and then I canceled both the deals in turn. The secretaries told me that Rs 150-150 crore would be given for both the files. But, I told them that I have come with five kurta-pyjamas and will leave with only that.

Satya Pal Malik, a career politician, was appointed as Governor of Bihar in 2017 after which he was sent to Jammu and Kashmir in 2018, where he oversaw the revocation of Article 370 in August 2019. He was the first career politician to be appointed as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir in 51 years after Karan Singh, whose term had ended in 1967.

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Satya Pal Malik started his political career as a student leader in Meerut University and became MLA in 1974. He joined the Congress in 1984 and became a Rajya Sabha MP but resigned three years later amid the Bofors scam. He switched to the V P Singh-led Janta Dal in 1988 and became an MP from Aligarh on its ticket in 1989.

In 2004, Satya Pal Malik joined the BJP and unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha elections, losing to former prime minister Charan Singh’s son Ajit Singh.

Before taking oath as Bihar governor on October 4, 2017, he was in-charge of the BJP’s Kisan Morcha. He was the Union minister of state, parliamentary affairs and tourism from April 21, 1990 to November 10, 1990.

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