BD Mishra to succeed Malik as Governor

NEW DELHI, Oct 1: Satya Pal Malik’s tenure as the Governor of Meghalaya will end on Monday, the first working day of the month. As such, Arunachal Pradesh Governor BD Mishra has been given additional charge of Meghalaya in addition to his own duties from the date he assumes charge of the office until regular arrangements are made.
This was announced by a communique issued by the office of the President of India.
Malik, 76, has served as Governor of Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir and Goa before being moved to Meghalaya in August 2020.
The Rashtrapati Bhawan said in the communique on Saturday, “The tenure of Shri Satya Pal Malik, Governor of Meghalaya is going to be completed on 03.10.2022.”
“The President of India has been pleased to appoint Brig. (Dr.) BD Mishra (Retd.), Governor of Arunachal Pradesh to discharge the functions of the Governor of Meghalaya, in addition to his own duties from the date he assumes charge of the office of the Governor of Meghalaya, until regular arrangements are made”.
Malik was the governor of Jammu and Kashmir when Article 370 was withdrawn and the state was divided into two union territories. He, thus, became the last governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
He was appointed governor of Bihar in 2017 before being moved to Jammu and Kashmir in 2018. After the state was divided into two UTs, Malik was shifted to Goa and finally to Meghalaya.
He courted controversies with his statements on farmers’ agitation and was publicly critical of the government. Also, in one of the statements, he had claimed that during his tenure as J&K Governor, two files had come to him and he was offered a huge bribe by a prominent business house of the country and a representative of a political party.
The CBI had registered two cases in this connection.
Hailing from Bhagpat of Uttar Pradesh, Malik was also a Rajya Sabha member from 1980-89. A recent media report quoted him as saying he would not be joining any political party after his retirement but continue to work for the cause of farmers. (With inputs from PTI)

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