Whistleblower gets suspended from Kandla Port job

Whistleblower gets suspended from Kandla Port job

Mumbai: In a developing corruption scandal, a whistleblower has been suspended from working at India’s Kandla port.

Sanjay Bhaty, Kandla Port’s trade promotion and public relations officer, had filed a private complaint to the Gandhidham court, accusing senior port officials of accepting Rs 1000-crore in fraudulent dredging contract payments, according to Indian press reports.

KPT says Bhaty broke its employment terms by not seeking permission from his authorities before filing the complaint against chief vigilance officer (CVO) P Ramjee. The port called the allegations “unsubstantiated”.

Bhaty alleges that he and his family have received threats to their lives from Ramjee.

India’s anti-corruption bureau (ACB) has been instructed by the Gandhidham court to investigate Ramjee. The ACB has argued the case should be investigated by the country’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) because Kandla is run by India’s central government. The next hearing is scheduled for June 24.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.

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