Former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik at Raj Bhawan, Srinagar. (Express File Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

By Mahender Singh Manral

THE CBI Thursday searched 30 places, including three premises of Jammu and Kashmir’s former Governor Satya Pal Malik in Delhi, Gurugram and UP’s Baghpat, as part of its probe into alleged corruption in the award of a contract for a hydel project in Jammu division’s Kishtwar district.

Multiple teams from the CBI conducted the searches in eight states and Union Territories. Digital and documentary evidence of huge cash deposits, investment in fixed deposits, investment in properties in various cities were recovered, a CBI spokesperson said.

The agency, CBI officials said, had registered two separate cases in April 2022 following a request by the Jammu & Kashmir government on the allegations of malpractices. These were: i) an award of contract of J&K Employees’ Health Care Insurance Scheme to private company & release of about Rs 60 crore in 2017-18, and ii) award of a Rs 2,200 crore civil works contract for Kiru Hydro Electric Power Project to a private firm in 2019. “So far, he was examined in the case as a witness in the cases,” a CBI official said.

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