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Louis Berger bribery: Probe not yet complete, says Goa CM

The investigation into the Louis Berger bribery case “could not be completed in the absence of custodial interrogation of former Chief Minister Digamber Kamat,” the Goa government informed the state Assembly.

“The application for cancellation of the anticipatory bail granted to accused Digamber Kamat is pending before Supreme Court. Hence, investigation in respect of accused Digamber Kamat could not be completed as his custodial interrogation is essential to unearth the deep rooted conspiracy,” Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said in a written reply to a question tabled by Kamat on the floor of the House on Tuesday.

Kamat is a Congress MLA from Margao seat.

The Goa Police has been probing the involvement of several government officials as well as politicians and the US company officials in the multi-crore bribery scandal.

The case was filed on July 21, 2015, by state Home department against Kamat, ex-PWD Minister Churchill Alemao and other officials, including those of US-based Louis Berger firm and also JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency).

The US firm has been charged with bribing Indian officials with several crores of rupees to win two major water developmental projects in Goa and Guwahati.
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