Louis Berger bribery case: Ex-Goa CM summoned, Alemao quizzed
The Goa Police on Tuesday issued summons to former chief minister Digambar Kamat and quizzed former Public Works minister Churchill Alemao in connection with the pay off case involving US firm Louis Berger.india Updated: Jul 28, 2015 17:50 IST
The Goa Police on Tuesday issued summons to former chief minister Digambar Kamat and quizzed former Public Works minister Churchill Alemao in connection with the pay off case involving US firm Louis Berger.
Kamat was asked by the Crime Branch to appear before the investigators on Tuesday evening for questioning in connection with the case which came to light after the US firm's disclosure in a court there.
Besides heading the Congress government, Kamat was also holding the finance portfolio in 2010 when officials of the US company allegedly doled out bribes to win consultancy for a Japan-funded water augmentation and sewerage project in the state.
Since Kamat is a MLA and the House is in session, the summons were routed through the Speaker of the state assembly.
"Summons have been issued to Kamat through Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly (Rajendra Arlekar) to appear before the Crime Branch at 4pm as the Assembly is in session," Superintendent of Police Kartik Kashyap told PTI.
Earlier in the day, Alemao appeared before the Crime Branch at Ribander near here for questioning in the case after summons were issued to him.
Tenders for the project, executed under JICA (Japanese International Cooperation Agency) were issued when PWD was under Alemao.
Officials of the New Jersey-based Louis Berger, in a submission before a US court, had admitted paying bribe to an Indian 'minister' to win consultancy for the line laying project in Goa and Guwahati.
The Rs 1031-crore project was approved when the Kamat government was in power, for augmenting the water supply in south Goa and laying sewerage lines in state's major cities.
The Crime Branch has already arrested JICA Goa Project Director A Wachasunder, and has charged him under section 120 (B) of Indian Penal Code (for conspiracy) besides booking him under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.