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Ex-PWD minister Churchill Alemao arrested in Louis Berger case by the Crime Branch

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Panaji: Former Public Works Department (PWD) minister Churchill Alemao was arrested by the Crime Branch of the Goa Police late on Wednesday in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case, in which Goa’s former chief minister Digambar Kamat is also linked.

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Alemao, who police claim is one of the recipients of the $976,630 bribe paid by Louis Berger officials in 2010, 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).

Police sources said that Alemao, who had been detained at the Crime Branch premises since late evening, was booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Alemao is a former chief minister and had been detained under the National Security Act in the past.

Director of the JICA-funded project Anand Wachasundar and former India head of Louis Berger Satyakam Mohanty have already been arrested, while former Congress chief minister Digambar Kamat, who is also being probed, secured interim bail on Wednesday.

(IANS)

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Goa Police Ensures Strict Monitoring of Cash Transactions at Goa Casinos Ahead of Polls

Elections to Goa's two Lok Sabha constituencies and bypolls to three assembly seats will be held on April 23, the Election Commission announced on Sunday

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With the Model Code of Conduct in place for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and assembly bypolls, the Goa Police on Sunday said that they will be strictly monitoring gambling operations in the coastal state, including in casinos.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Rajesh Kumar said that there would be strict vigil of cash transactions at Goa’s casinos, which have been accused of money laundering by the Opposition and civil society.

“… we have laid more emphasis on cracking down on crimes like matka, gambling, narcotics…” he told reporters here.

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He also said that casino operators will have to ensure their patrons have a PAN card, especially while making cash transactions.

“There are laid-down guidelines for casinos… If someone is going with cash, he should have a PAN card and whether the PAN card is being recorded there (at the casino’s end). Whatever norms there are will be enforced,” he added.

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There are six offshore casinos and about nine onshore casinos operating from the state’s numerous coastal resorts.

Elections to Goa’s two Lok Sabha constituencies and bypolls to three assembly seats will be held on April 23, the Election Commission announced on Sunday. (IANS)