Mumbai: TheCentral Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is probing nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Lok Sabha member Mohammed Faisal in the alleged tuna fish scam. Abdul Razzaq, a relative of the MP, is also said to be on the CBI's radar along with a Colombo-based company in the case. The vigilance department of the Lakshadweep administration is also involved in this investigation with the CBI. The involvement of some local officials of the concerned department is also being suspected in the scam.
According to media reports, a 25-member CBI team led by a DIG rank officer is probing the alleged corruption. The price of tuna fish in the international market is around Rs 400 per kg. It was purchased by LCMF (Lakshadweep Corporate Marketing Federation) from local fishermen. It was later sold to a company named SRT General Merchant, based in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo. However, in lieu of this, the ART company did not give money to the LCMF. The local fishermen suffered a lot due to this.
The CBI says that some government employees and officials may also be responsible for this loss of fishermen. The investigating agency said that the rules were flouted while selling the fishes to the SRT company and the LCMF used ncp MP Mohammad Faisal's rasuk to buy large quantities of fish from local fishermen. Faisal's relative Abdul Razzaq was a representative in the same Sri Lankan company who is accused of not paying LCMF money in lieu of fish.
At present, the CBI team is examining all the new and old files of this fish deal. At the same time, ncp MP Mohammad Faizan's relationship with a Sri Lankan company is also under investigation. In addition to the LCMF, fisheries department, PWD, Khadi Board and Animal Husbandry department are also under the scanner of the CBI. At the same time, while talking to the media, NCP MP Mohammad Faisal has denied having knowledge of the CBI investigation. He said that there is no corruption in this whole case and if the CBI's investigation is taking place, then the truth will come out.