Digambar skips summons, Churchill interrogated, Wachasundar remanded

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 28 July 2015 17:39 IST

Former chief minister Digambar Kamat skipped the summons issued by the crime branch of Goa police in the Louis Berger bribery case. He was to appear before the police at 4 pm today.

Former PWD minister Churchill Alemao’s statement however was recorded by the police, after which he was let to go by 4.30 pm.

Digambar had not come to the crime branch office till this report went on air while he was also not lifting his mobile phone.

The drama of bribery case has started rolling after two former officials of the US-based company deposed before the judicial magistrate, confirming that they paid total Rs four crore bribe to Digambar and Churchill.

Meanwhile, A M Wachasundar was today remanded to four-day police custody, while the investigating authorities said they want him in custody for 10 days.

Wachasundar has now moved for anticipatory bail, which will be heard before the district and sessions court tomorrow at 10.30 am.

The whole investigation has suddenly taken a serious turn with two former officials of Louis Berger confirming that the bribe was paid to Digambar and Churchill.

Crime Branch SP Kartik Kashyap also confirmed the reports that the former officials have revealed how the whole deal was struck through hawala mode of transfer of money.

As they have reportedly deposed before the magistrate, the amount of bribe travelled from New Jersey in the USA to Dubai to Gurgaon to Goa.

Both the officials, who quit the company in 2012, have also identified four bungalows in Panaji and Margao, where they met the ministers, separately.

The former officials, holding managerial posts in Louis Berger International Inc., were let to go back since they have cooperated with the investigating authorities.

In spite of trying repeatedly, both Digambar and Churchill did not respond to the calls to seek their comments.

Churchill however told media while entering the crime branch office that he would fully cooperate with the investigations.

 

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