New Delhi, April 22: Details remain sketchy whether the former governor of J&K and Goa, Satya Pal Malik, is arrested by the Delhi Police or not.
However, the Delhi Police on April 22 denied reports about Malik’s arrest and clarified that the former Governor has not been arrested.
Earlier, on social media, some reports suggested that Malik was detained by the Delhi Police in southwest Delhi’s R K Puram area.
“We have not detained former governor Satya Pal Malik. He came on his own volition, along with his supporters, to the R K Puram police station and we have informed him that he can leave at his own will,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (southwest) Manoj C told reporters.
Another official said a meeting was scheduled to be held at an MCD park in R K Puram and Malik was supposed to take part in it. He was informed that this was not a place to hold a meeting and that he had neither taken any permission from the authorities concerned, following which Malik and his supporters left the place and subsequently, the former governor came to the police station on his own.
Supporters of Malik had raised slogans in favour of the former governor and threatened agitation in case he was not released.
The Delhi Police took to microblogging site Twitter to declare that a fake news about Malik’s detention was being spread.
“False information is being spread on social media handles regarding detention of Sh. Satyapal Malik, Ex. Gov. Whereas, he himself has arrived at P.S. R K Puram along with his supporters. He has been informed that he is at liberty to leave at his own will,” the police said in a tweet.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had asked Malik to answer certain queries in connection with an alleged health insurance scam in Jammu and Kashmir about which he had named Ram Madhav and Haseeb Drabu.
This is the second time in seven months that Malik, who has served as the governor of various states, will be questioned by the federal agency. Malik was questioned by the CBI sleuths in October last year after he concluded his responsibilities in Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Goa and finally, Meghalaya.