Enforcement directorate sleuths along with crime branch officials on Thursday conducted raids on several premises owned by former chief minister Digambar Kamat and his close relatives in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case.
The raids began early Thursday morning at Kamat's residence in Margao, 35 kms from the state capital, his office premises in the city as well as the residential and business premises of his close relative in Panaji.
The state crime branch is investigating the case of alleged payment of bribe by officials of Louis Berger to a Goa minister to win consultancy for a water augmentation and sewerage project funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Kamat was the chief minister when the alleged payoff happened.
Two weeks ago, ED had filed an enforcement case information report under the Prevention of Money Launching Act in connection with the Louis Berger international bribery scam, after it was revealed that the money for the bribes was routed through the hawala channel.
An alleged hawala dealer Raichand Soni was also arrested by the Crime Branch in connection with the bribery case in which two former chief ministers, including Kamat and officials are in the dock.
The raids come a day after a local court granted anticipatory bail to Kamat for a surety of Rs 1 lakh.
Kamat has already been questioned twice by the investigators in connection with the pay-off scandal.
Kamat was booked under IPC section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and sections 7, 8, 9 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act in connection with the case, which took place when he was chief minister. Additional charges under IPC section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and sections 7, 8, 9 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act were added later.