The Goa Crime Branch has started probing the disclosures made by US based construction management company Louis Berger that it had bribed officials including a minister to bag a Rs 75 crore consultancy project in the state.
The Crime Branch summoned A M Wachasundar who is the Project Director of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to their office and sought details about the project. Wachasundar was the Chief Engineer of the Goa Public Works Department when the Rs 1,038 crore project to improve the state’s water supply network was conceptualised.
Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar had on Monday said that he would ask the Crime Branch to investigate the matter and submit a preliminary report in the next two days.
Parsekar claimed that the Crime Branch report was necessary as he wanted to lay the grounds for requesting a CBI probe into the entire issue.
The ruling BJP has been taking swipes at the Congress and has claimed that the entire episode had taken place when the party was in power.
“When the contracts were awarded, Digambar Kamat was the CM and Churchill Alemao was the public works minister,” Parsekar had said.
Alemao denied any wrongdoing. “The entire project was handled and evaluated by officials of JICA. They vetted and cleared every proposal. We had very limited say in the entire project. I am ready to face any probe,” Alemao said.