EMCC deal: Congress demands judicial probe

Thiruvananthapuram: Congress demanded a judicial probe into alleged deep sea fishing contract between the Kerala government and a U.S firm, a day after authorities decided to cancel a controversial MoU signed between the company and a state-owned corporation.

''The bureaucratic inquiry that has just been announced is not at all adequate. A judicial probe should be carried out to bring out the truth completely,'' Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala told.

Not just the MoU between EMCC and the KSINC, but the Rs 5000 crore worth main project agreement with the company should also be cancelled at the earliest and the four acre land allotted to them at Pallippuarm should take back, he said.

The senior Congress leader said there were indications that the EMCC was not the only company behind the deal.

''But, some major monopolies are also there behind the screen. It is doubtful whether some online food distribution companies are also involved in it,'' Ramesh said.

He also said the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) would extend support to the 'coastal hartal', announced by various unions and outfits on February 27 as a mark of protest against the alleged deep sea fishing contract.