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.”