I was offered Rs 300 crore to clear deals of ‘Ambani’, RSS official says former J&K governor
Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik claimed that during his tenure in Jammu and Kashmir he was told that he would receive a bribe of Rs.300 billion for organizing the affairs of "Ambani" and an officer of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
Malik was appointed Governor of Jammu and Kashmir on 21 August 2018. In October 2019, he was transferred to Goa.
“Soon after I was posted to Jammu and Kashmir, two files came to me,” Malik, presently the governor of Meghalaya, said in a purported video shared on Twitter on Thursday. “In one, Ambani was involved, and in the other was a prominent officer of the Sangh [RSS]. I was told that there was a scam involved.”
Malik said he canceled both deals. “The secretaries told me you can get Rs 150 crore each for clearing the files,” he said in the video.
“But I told them that I have come with five kurta-pajamas and will leave with that only,” Malik added, according to the PTI. He reportedly spoke at an event in Rajasthan on Sunday.
One of the cases mentioned by the former governor of Jammu and Kashmir concerned health insurance for government employees, journalists and former retirees, the news agency said.
For this policy, the management teamed up with Reliance General Insurance, which is part of the Reliance group led by Anil Ambani, reports PTI. Malik had canceled that deal.
Meanwhile, Malik also said in the alleged video that he bravely stood up for the farmers.
“Had I done something in Kashmir, ED [Enforcement Directorate] and Income Tax department would have reached my home,” Malik said. “The agencies can search me, but I say with complete confidence that I have nothing.”
Malik said he had briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter“I straightaway told him [Modi] that I am ready to leave the post but if I stay back, I am not going to clear the files,” Malik said, according to PTI.
Malik praised the prime minister for saying there was no need to curb corruption.
The governor also accused National Conference Chairman Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and People's Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti of seizing land under Jammu Kashmir state land law (transfer of property to residents) , also known as Roshni act.
“I ordered an inquiry into it [the irregularities],” Malik said. “I told people [who complained about the irregularities] to approach the High Court.”
Malik said a Supreme Court judge has referred the case to the central investigative agency and that all proceedings regarding the land and bungalows bought by the politicians have been dropped.
The 2001 law authorized the transfer of ownership of state land to residents for a fee set by the government. The money from these transfers would be used to fund energy projects in Jammu and Kashmir, earning it the moniker "Roshni Act".
The law was repealed in 2018 after Malik said it had "not served", calling it a "it’s purpose and called it a Rs 25,000 crore land scam".
Malik's revelations raised questions. The Jammu and Kashmir National Panther Party said it was shocking that no action had been taken against the "corrupt mafia," the PTI reported.
“The fate of the files for which Rs 150 crore each was offered to the then governor should be made known to the public as Malik was relieved from Jammu and Kashmir shortly thereafter,” the party’s chairperson Harsh Dev Singh said.
Meanwhile, the leader of the People's Democratic Party sent Malik legal advice for his comments about him. The post said the accusations against Mufti were false and aimed at discrediting them in order to damage their "politically clean and neat" image.
“It is a fact that my client [Mufti] has never been the beneficiary of state land under the Roshni Act and has never taken any aforesaid land, which now stands quashed/repealed,” the notice said.
Mufti claimed Rs 10 million in damages within 30 days of receiving the notice. The lawyer warned of the legal consequences if the governor does not comply with the agreements.
“All the allegations in the video clip are vexatious, false, motivated and incorrect and this fact it known to you as well,” the notice added.
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