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Goa police files FIR in Louis Berger bribery case

The complaint was filed after intensive questioning of A M Wachasundar who is the project director of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Written by ZEESHAN SHAIKH | Panaji | Published: July 22, 2015 11:13 am

 

goa police, louis berger, goa bribery case, Goa JICA project, Louis Berger, Louis Berger bribery case, CAG report, US bribery case, Goa news, india news, latest news, indian express The Goa Crime Branch had on Monday began investigation into discloures made by the US based consultancy firm Louis Berger.

Goa police filed an FIR against unknown persons under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) based on a complaint filed by the state Home Ministry in the Louis Berger bribery case.

The complaint was filed after intensive questioning of A M Wachasundar who is the project director of the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Wachasundar was summoned to the Crime Branch office and was questioned about the details of the project. Interestingly, Wachasundar was the chief engineer of the Goa Public Works Department when the Rs 1,038 crore project to improve Goa’s water supply network was conceptualised.

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Police officials stated that the complaint was filed under PCA and Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code.

The Goa Crime Branch had on Monday began investigation into discloures made by the US based consultancy firm Louis Berger that it had paid a bribe to a minister to bag a Rs 75 crore consultancy project in the state.

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 on the entire project 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, Congress leader Digambar Kamat was the CM and Churchill Alemao was the public works department minister,” Parsekar had said yesterday.

Denying any wrongdoing, Alemao, however, claimed that he was not aware that any agency by the name of Louis Berger had been hired as a consultant for the project.

“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.”

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    Prasad
    Jul 22, 2015 at 1:33 pm
    It is good that FIR is filed and investigation is flagged. But the BJP is very quick in doing this , because the Congress politician is involved. If same BJP is keeping quite despite all the evidences ex: VYAPAM , LALITGAT-RAJE , LALITGATE-SS , Maharastra , Uttarakhand PDS Scam. It is a clear double standards of BJP. This does not mean Goa government should not initiate investigation. What is done by Goa government is good. But BJP has to demonstrate that they stand for ethics.
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      vyjayanthi
      Jul 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm
      Louis Berger International has agreed last week to a seventeen million plus settlement with the department of justice for bribing officials in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Kuwait. In India, the company admitted to bribing at Goa minister and several officials of that state to the tune of a million dollars from 2009 -10 to finalise a water and sewerage management project funded by JICA. The company's project each in Goa and am -- according to the settlement announcement by the department of justices -- were both won only with the help of bribes. The PWD department could not have awarded the contract for the project funded by JICA to the consortium which Louis Berger was a part of, without the approval of the PWD minister and the knowledge of the chief minister. The US justice department has said that In order to know the bribe beneficiaries Indian law enforcement agency can approach through proper mechanisms its US counterpart.
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