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CBI searches former governor of J&K Satya Pal Malik in a corruption investigation involving the Kiru hydroelectric project

In relation to allegations of corruption in the Kiru Hydropower project, the CBI searched 29 different places on Thursday, including the homes of former governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik, authorities informed PTI.

According to police, the operation started in the morning with over 100 cops mobilized to raid 30 sites across several cities, as PTI reported.

According to sources, the investigation centers on allegations of corruption in the awarding of civil works for the Rs 2,200 crore Kiru Hydro Electric Power Project (HEP).

Malik expressed his dismay on social networking site X in response to the continuing raids, writing, “I have been ill for the last three to four days and am admitted to the hospital.” In spite of this, the tyrant is using government agents to invade my home. Additionally, there are needless raids and harassments directed at my driver and assistance.

As a farmer’s son, he went on to say that he is not scared of these attacks.

The accusation made by Malik, who held the office of governor of Jammu and Kashmir from August 23, 2018, to October 30, 2019, was that he received an offer of Rs 300 crore to clear two files, one of which was associated with the project.

“A private company was awarded a contract worth approximately Rs 2,200 crore for civil works of the Kiru Hydro Electric Power Project (HEP) in 2019,” the CBI had previously said. This led to the registration of a case on charges of malpractices.

The agency has filed accusations against M S Babu, M K Mittal, Arun Kumar Mishra, and Patel Engineering Ltd. in addition to former Chenab Valley Power Projects (P) Ltd Chairman Navin Kumar Chaudhary.

“Although a decision to re-tender through e-tendering with reverse auction following the cancellation of the ongoing tendering process was made in the 47th Board meeting of CVPPPL (Chenab Valley Power Projects (P) Ltd), the same was not implemented (as per the decision taken in the 48th board meeting), and the tender was ultimately awarded to Patel Engineering Ltd,” the FIR has claimed.

In January, the organization had already searched the homes of five people in relation to the investigation.

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