Former Goa CM Kamat to appear before Crime Branch for involvement in Bribery case

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Ex-Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat
Ex-Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat

The Goa Crime Branch let out names of two former ministers from Congress in their report submitted to the Chief Minister of the state, on Tuesday.

Former chief minister of Goa, Digambar Kamat, has been accused of taking bribes on two occasions, between 2010 and 2011. Louis Berger officials personally handed over more than Rs 1 crore to the former chief minister, according to news sources.

“We have summoned Kamat and he would be appearing at around 3 PM,” a senior crime branch official, said.

Kamat, who was summoned yesterday, had failed to appear before the investigating officer. Since the Congress leader (Kamat) is an MLA and the House is in session, the summons were routed through the Assembly Speaker. Kamat said, he will cooperate with the agencies.

“I will go to crime branch today. I have nothing to hide,” said Kamat, who was heading the state between 2007-2012 when Louis Berger company reportedly paid bribe.

The American company bribed the ministers to win consultancy for water augmentation and sewerage line project executed under JICA (Japan International cooperation agency) funding. Crime branch yesterday interrogated former public works department minister, Churchill Alemao.

Police have already arrested A Wachasunder, a senior official who headed the controversial JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) water project in Goa that is at the centre of the pay off case.

 

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