J&K Ex Governor Summoned By CBI In Reliance Insurance Corruption Case

Satya Pal Malik had cancelled a contract by Reliance General Insurance in 2018 when he was the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir

Satya Pal Malik has been called by the CBI as a witness in the Reliance General Insurance case

New Delhi:

Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has been summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for questioning on April 28 as a witness in a case of alleged corruption by Reliance General Insurance.

Mr Malik told news agency PTI that the CBI has asked for his presence at the agency's Akbar Road guesthouse in central Delhi for "certain clarifications".

"They want certain clarifications for which they want my presence. I am going to Rajasthan so I have given them dates from April 27 to 29 when I am available," Mr Malik told PTI.

Mr Malik had cancelled a contract by the company, owned by industrialist Anil Ambani, in 2018 when he was the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.

In a first information report (FIR), the CBI named Reliance General Insurance along with Trinity Reinsurance Brokers as accused in the alleged scam in rolling out a medical insurance scheme for Jammu and Kashmir government employees and their families.

Mr Malik had alleged fraud in the insurance scheme, after which the CBI action came.

The scheme, covering some 3.5 lakh employees, was rolled out in September 2018 and it was cancelled within a month by Mr Malik.

At that time, Mr Malik had said state government employees wanted the contract to be cancelled as they found it to be "fraudulent" and he too drew the same conclusion after going through the details.

"I myself went through files, and when I came to the conclusion that the contract was awarded wrongly, I cancelled it," Mr Malik had said.

The CBI spoke with Mr Malik in September last year for more information about the allegations he made against the insurance firms, and in an another case of alleged corruption in giving the contract for civil work at Kiru hydroelectric power project.