Executives of Louis Berger International Inc., a construction management company, allegedly paid $976,630 to acquire the water development projects that are waiting to begin in Goa and Guwahati.
The US-based firm named Indian officials and a Goa minister for accepting bribes. A hearing will be held on 12 August at a Special Court of Prevention of Corruption in relation to an anticipatory bail filed by Digambar Kamat.
Who is Digambar Kamat?
- Kamat was the Chief Minister of Goa from 2007 to 2012 when the Congress was in power in the state.
- The bribery scandal took place during Kamat's government, putting him under the scanner of the Goa Crime Branch.
- In 2012, Kamat resigned from the post of CM when the Congress lost the elections in the state and the BJP came to power.
- The Crime Branch has claimed that Kamat and former PWD minister Churchill Alemao accepted bribes from the construction management company.
- Kamat had filed an anticipatory bail plea on 4 August and when it came up for hearing on 5 August, the police asked for more time to reply.
- On 7 August, when the case again came up for hearing, the defense asked for more time and thus it was adjourned till 12 August.
- According to police sources, another accused in the case has agreed to testify against Kamat and Alemao.