CBI raids locations linked to former J-K Governor Satyapal Malik in Kiru hydel project case

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NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday conducted raids at more than 30 places, including the premises linked to former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik, as part of its investigation into alleged corruption in the awarding of a contract for a hydel project in the Union Territory.

The case relates to alleged corruption in awarding contract for the civil work for the Kiru hydroelectric power project (HEP) worth Rs 2,200 crore in Kisthtwar in 2019.

“I have been ill for the last three to four days and am admitted to the hospital. Despite this, my house is being raided by the dictator through government agencies. My driver and my assistant are also being raided and harassed unnecessarily”, Malik said in post on social media platform X. “I am a farmer’s son, I will not be afraid of these raids. I am with the farmers,” he further added.

Malik served as the governor of Jammu and Kashmir between August 23, 2018 and October 30, 2019. On January 29 this year, the CBI has conducted searches at around eight locations in Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir in the on-going investigations of a case related to alleged irregularities in the award of tender for civil works of the Kiru hydroelectric project being executed by Chenab Valley Power Projects Private Limited, the agency said.

The searches led to recovery of digital devices, computers, property documents, and “incriminating” documents, in addition to cash of over Rs 21 lakhs (approximately), it said. The CBI statement added that it was alleged that in the award of civil works relating to the Kiru hydroelectric project, guidelines regarding e-tendering were not followed.

In December last year, the CBI conducted searches at six locations in Delhi, Noida, Chandigarh and Shimla. (ANI)

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