CBI team arrives at Lakshadweep to probe into corruption in various departments
Kochi: A team of CBI has arrived at Lakshadweep as part of investigation into the suspected corruption in various departments. The 10-member team from the Kochi office of the premier investigating agency has opened a temporary office on the island. Earlier, a complaint was filed to the Prime Minister and the President over the alleged corruption in tourism and other departments of Lakshadweep.
Meanwhile, Kavaratti native TP Abdul Rasak alleged that District Collector S Asker Ali pocketed 20 crores in the last five years.'Society for Promotion of Nature Tourism and Sport' is one of the major sources of income of the island. It is alleged that huge corruption took place in this department.
Asker Ali decided to allot advertising work to a private company without opting for an open tender. Rs 1.48 crore was advanced for the work. However, the Tourism Department's order to nullify the advance was blocked by Ali, alleged Rasak.
CBI sources said that the investigation has just started and more details cannot be revealed.
Responding to the allegations, Asker Ali said he will file a defamation suit against Abdul Rasak.
"The Vigilance has already submitted a report to the administration based on the complaint. Seven FIRs exist against Rasak. His constructions encroaching the land were earlier demolished by the administration. We also plan to suspend his hotel license that was procured illegally," Ali said.