Days after he alleged that he was instructed he would get a Rs 300-crore bribe if he cleared two information belonging to “Ambani” and a “senior RSS functionary” throughout his tenure as Jammu and Kashmir (J&Okay) Governor, Satya Pal Malik stated on Saturday that it might “not be correct” to call the individual, however “everybody knows who was the RSS in-charge in J&K”.
Speaking to The Sunday Express, Malik, who’s at present serving because the Governor of Meghalaya, stated: “It would not be correct to name the person, but you can figure out who was the RSS in-charge in J&K. But I feel sorry, I should not have taken the RSS’s name. If anybody is functioning in his individual capacity or doing any business, only he should have been referred to. Irrespective of which organisation he is affiliated to, the organisation should not have been brought into it.”
Meanwhile, requested about Malik’s allegations, RSS chief Ram Madhav stated in Surat, “ask him who or what it was”. When instructed that he was in J&Okay at the moment, he stated: “Nobody from the RSS would do something like that; but I really don’t know in what context he said it, or whether he said it or not. You should ask him… He may have said ‘somebody said this’… I have no knowledge about this, nobody from the RSS ever does this… He said in 2014 that we are losing the elections, and that we have done injustice to farmers. Do we believe all this? This could be his opinion, what is the truth, we don’t know.”
Malik made these remarks at a “public meeting” in Rajasthan on October 17. In a video of his speech, Malik says: “Two files came before me in J&K. One of them pertained to Ambani, the other to a senior RSS functionary. One of the secretaries told me these are shady deals, but you can get Rs 150 crore each from these”.
Asked if he took motion towards those that had been making an attempt to bribe him or authorities officers for getting their tasks cleared, Malik stated: “They were not trying to bribe me. But there was a bribe in those projects. There were a few people who were taking it… There was no requirement for any further action since I cancelled both the projects. That punishment was sufficient.”
In his speech, Malik additionally referred to the Roshni scheme, alleging that NC chief Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti had been among the many beneficiaries. Both the NC and PDP leaders have stated Malik’s expenses are baseless, and have threatened to take authorized motion towards him.
“Whatever I said is true,” Malik instructed The Sunday Express. “She (Mehbooba) is like a daughter to me because Muftiji was my very dear friend. I never spoke anything derogatory against her. I only said people took advantage of it. She did not take it (land) in her name, but her workers took plots of land on a very large scale. You know that benami works a lot in this country,” he stated.