‘Have sent consent to CBI probe…’: J&K Governor Manoj Sinha on Satya Pal Malik’s bribe allegations
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has initiated a probe into the allegations of Satya Pal Malik, former J&K governor, claiming that he was offered a bribe of Rs.300 crores to clear two files when he was in office.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration had recommended a probe by the CBI to investigate the matter, said official sources.
J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday said that the CBI has been given consent to probe allegations made by former J&K governor Satya Pal Malik of being offered a bribe to clear two files when he was in office. “If someone sitting on such a high post has said anything, then it needs to be probed. We have sent our consent to CBI to probe both allegations,” Sinha said.
When Malik was the governor of J&K in October 2018, he had scrapped the Group Medical Insurance contract for government employees awarded to Reliance General Insurance Company. He claimed the contract was “full of fraud”.
At present the Meghalaya governor, Malik said that he cancelled the deals, and praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for supporting his decision by saying there is no need to compromise on corruption.
Satyapal Malik claimed on October 17 last year, “Two files had come for my consideration. One of the secretaries told me that if I approve these, I can get Rs.150 crore for each. I turned down the offer saying that I had brought five kurta pyjamas to Kashmir and will just go back with them.”
“I cancelled both the deals. I am ready for the probe. I am neat and clean,” Malik had said.
He added, “One of my secretaries had told me that I can get Rs.150 crore each in both the deals, but I sought time from the PM and apprised him of the scam. I told him that they claim to be your close confidantes. I must appreciate PM because he told me not to compromise on corruption. Corruption was rampant in Kashmir where the commission was 15% as compared to 5% in other parts of the country. But I am happy that no big corruption took place during my tenure.”
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