22 Feb 2024

CBI Conducts Raids at Former J&K Governor Satyapal Malik's Residence in Rs 300 Crore Bribery Case Linked to Kiru Hydropower Project

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted a raid on the residence of former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik on February 22, in connection with a Rs 300 crore bribery case related to the Kiru Hydropower Project. Simultaneous raids were carried out at 29 other locations in Delhi. During his tenure as Governor, Malik alleged that he was offered a bribe to clear files associated with the hydroelectric project.

Malik's Previous Allegations of Corruption in 2021

In October 17, 2021, during an event in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, Satyapal Malik disclosed that he had been offered crores in bribes while serving as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. He claimed to have received offers from a prominent industrialist and Mehbooba Mufti, along with a minister from the BJP coalition government. Malik stated that he rejected both offers after discovering potential scams, emphasizing his commitment to transparency.

Malik responded to the recent raids by asserting his resilience, stating that he would not be intimidated.

CBI Registers FIRs in Two Separate Cases

The CBI has registered two FIRs in the corruption case. The first FIR focuses on alleged corruption in awarding contracts worth approximately Rs 60 crore, involving bribes from an insurance company for the Jammu and Kashmir Employees Health Care Insurance Scheme in 2017-18. 

The second FIR pertains to corruption in awarding a Rs 2,200 crore contract to a private firm in 2019 for the civil work of the Kiru Hydro Electric Power Project (HEP). CBI is investigating both the cases.

Malik, known for making headlines with his outspoken statements, has been critical of the central government on various issues, including the farmers' movement, Presidential elections, and BJP's victory in Uttar Pradesh.

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