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Panaji: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Goa is keen on probing the money laundering angle in the Louis Berger bribery case, in which a former PWD minister has already been arrested.

LouisBergerAn ED official on condition of anonymity told IANS that the central government agency had sought a copy of the First Information Report filed by the Crime Branch, in connection with the $976,630 bribe paid by Louis Berger officials in 2010 to Goa politicians and bureaucrats.

The bribe was paid in order to secure implementation rights for a Rs.1,031 crore worth water and sewage management project funded by the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA).

“We have not received the FIR yet. We will evaluate whether to register the case under the Money Laundering Act,” the ED official said.

Police have maintained that former Public Works Department minister Churchill Alemao and then chief minister Digambar Kamat have allegedly received bribes in installments through a ‘hawala’ channel from ex-Louis Berger officials to secure the consultancy deal in 2010.

While Alemao was arrested on Wednesday, Kamat, who has been questioned on two occasions, has secured interim bail. Both have denied accepting bribes to finalize the consultancy deal.

Police, who have also arrested an ex-director of the JICA-funded project Anan Wachasundar and former India head of Louis Berger Satyakam Mohanty, claim that they have established the ‘hawala’ money trail from the Gulf region to Delhi, Jaipur and Goa.

In a speech to BJP workers on Sunday near here Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar promised Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar of all possible help from central agencies like the ED, department of income tax, and the Central Bureau of Investigation to nail corrupt deals struck by Congress leaders.

(IANS)

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Seven people, including Louis Berger officials summoned by ED

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Panaji: Seven people, including Louis Berger officials and one alleged hawala operator were issued summons by The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday.

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The summons were issued in relation with a money laundering case filed in connection with the international bribery scandal involving the global consultancy company alongwith Goa’s politicians and bureaucrats.

Talking to reporters, a senior official of ED said that Satyakam Mohanty, Maladi Shivarama and Sanjay Jindal (former Louis Berger officials), Raichand Soni, an alleged hawala operator and three others were issued summons to appear before ED officials in Goa.

The ED officials have filed an Enforcement Case Investigation Record, following the bribery scandal.

Former Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, along with the then state public works department minister Churchill Alemao and other government officials have been accused of allegedly accepting a $976,630 bribe in 2010 from officials of US-based Louis Berger consultancy firm.

The bribe was allegedly taken to secure implementation rights of a multi-billion dollar water and sewerage project in Goa worth Rs.1,031 crore funded by the Japan International Co-Operation Agency (JICA), cleared in 2010 by a Congress-led coalition government.

While Alemao has been arrested, Kamat is currently out on anticipatory bail.

Soni, Mohanty and now former JICA director Anand Wachasundar have already been arrested by the Goa Police Crime Branch which is investigating the bribery case.

(With inputs from IANS)

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