Mr Malik's revelations

Govt must offer credible responses

Business Standard Editorial Comment Mumbai
Satya Pal Malik

Satya Pal Malik

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In his wide-ranging interview with The Wire, former Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik raised two points that urgently deserve a full explanation from the government. Most of Mr Malik’s personal comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be ignored, reflecting as they do the disgruntlement of a sidelined maven. But in at least two cases, he offers revelations of specific incidents that took place during his tenure as governor of the state (August 2018 to October 2019) when it was under President’s Rule. Both raise serious concerns about the government’s handling of the situation. One points to an egregious cover-up and the other raises points to a wilful suppression of constitutional norms. In the first, Mr Malik said the home ministry had refused the Central Reserve Police Force’s request for five aircraft to ferry personnel in the state in response to intelligence it had received. As a result, jawans were forced to make the journey by

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First Published: Apr 17 2023 | 10:36 PM IST

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