Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has rejected bullying accusations made against him.
Sky News reported on Wednesday that Mr Ewing was subject to an “informal” investigation following accusations from staff at Marine Scotland in Edinburgh.
When asked about the allegations following First Minister’s Questions, Mr Ewing rejected the claims, declining to answer any other questions from journalists.
Flanked by Deputy First Minster John Swinney, he said: “A process is under way and that is entirely right and proper when such allegations are made.
“That process is at an early stage. I will make no further comment whilst that process is ongoing.”
Reports suggest the allegations were made at the end of last year when details were passed to senior managers at the body, which was set up to protect coast lines and sea waters.
Mr Ewing was subject to similar accusations in 2018, when he was forced to apologise after a Government official alleged bullying.
He said at the time he could be “forthright” in the way he expressed his opinions.
A spokesman for the Scottish Government said: “A process is under way – as is right and proper whenever such allegations are made – and is at an early, informal stage.
“No further comment will be made on this matter while this process is continuing.”