Goa Polls: Charging former CM Digamber Kamat in bribery case politically timed, says Congress

The development in the case comes at a time when the Goa Congress unit is in the process of shortlisting candidates for the 2017 state polls.

Written by Harsha Raj Gatty | Panaji | Published:October 29, 2016 2:23 am
digambar-kamat759 former CM Digamber Kamat. (File)

A day after former Goa chief minister Digamber Kamat was named by Crime Branch as the prime conspirator in its supplementary chargesheet in the Louis Berger bribery case, state Congress chief Luizinho Faleiro alleged that the development was politically timed. The development in the case comes at a time when the Goa Congress unit is in the process of shortlisting candidates for the 2017 state polls. It was scheduled to announce the final list of candidates in November. But with Kamat, a heavyweight, named in the chargesheet, the party may have to consider other options.

“The case has been going on for more than a year now, but a few months before election when we are in the middle of our internal selection process, the state police acts in a hasty fashion. It looks suspicious,” Faleiro told The Indian Express. Faleiro did not confirm if the development in the case would impact the chances the Kamat being fielded as a candidate.

“I have not met Digamber Kamat recently, nor have I gone through the chargesheet. We will be able to comment on this only after we examine the facts carefully,” he said. Meanwhile, Kamat told mediapersons that he was in no way involved in the Louis Berger bribery case. “Charges can be levelled by anyone, but they have to be proven in court. I have no connection to the Louis Berger matter. This is political vendetta against me,” he said, adding that he has faith in the judiciary and the Almighty.