Tuna export rip-off: Lakshadweep MP, his nephew below CBI scanner

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Lakshadweep lawmaker Mohammed Faizal

Lakshadweep MP Mohammed Faizal has come below the CBI scanner in reference to alleged irregularities within the export of tuna fish to Sri Lanka. The central company can also be investigating Faizal’s nephew Abdul Razzak and a Colombo-based firm recognized as SRT General Merchants Importer and Exporter.

A CBI crew of about 25 officers and the Lakshadweep administration’s vigilance officers have been engaged in conducting a ‘joint surprise check’ train on completely different departments of the Lakshadweep administration. These departments embrace the Lakshadweep Co-operative Marketing Federation (LCMF), the Fisheries Department, the Public Works Department, the Khadi Board and the Cooperative Society and Animal Husbandry Department.

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According to the CBI, some public servants of the LCMF, in collusion with some public representatives and authorities servants, induced loss to the LCMF within the matter of the export of tuna fish to SRT General Merchants with out following the requisite tender course of and different formalities.

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The CBI alleged that the LCMF procured a considerable amount of tuna fish from native fishermen utilizing MP Faizal’s affect. The tuna fish procured on this method was exported by the LCMF to SRT General Merchants, however the firm didn’t make funds, the CBI mentioned. According CBI sources, Faizal’s nephew Razzak is an workplace bearer of SRT.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Faizal mentioned: “I don’t know, really (about the CBI probe)… The fish was sold to SRT as the buyers had offered very good price… The (cooperative marketing)  federation identified a buyer in Lanka and he offered very good raters. But the buyer backed out later due to some intervention by Thoothukudi middlemen. As a result, 250 MT fish was left with the federation to dispose of. Then, there was a local auction and Thoothukudi middlemen bought it. There is no corruption in it. Let them enquire it, the truth will come out.”

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