Bathinda: The joint team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Food Corporation of India (FCI) under the leadership of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) KS Dhaliwal on Friday raided the FCI storehouses in Rampura.

At least 20 godowns were raided, documents seized and samples were collected for further investigation by DSP Dhaliwal.

“We have raided nearly 20 warehouses and taken samples of rice and other food grains, which will be sent to the laboratory for further probe. Later, the report will be presented in the High Court”, Dhaliwal said.

Evidently, seven Schaller owners, who filed a writ on May 13 in the High Court, demanded Rs 200 crore per quintal from government to maintain the quality of foodgrains in the storehouses.

However, a CBI probe was later demanded to probe the quality of foodgrains as it was assumed that with the nexus of FCI officials poor quality grains were stocked in the warehouses, which led to a scam of Rs 1.5 crore.

After hearing the details, High Court directed the CBI to investigate the case and file a detailed report by June 21. Next hearing is scheduled for June 29.

JPN/Bureau