Digambar 'free' till Fri, 7 August

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 05 August 2015 18:03 IST

Former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat will not be arrested till Friday, 7 August.

Goa police have sought three-day time to file reply to his anticipatory bail application.

Meanwhile, A M Wachasundar, former project director of Goa’s JICA project, has been sent to seven-day judicial custody.

Kamat’s anticipatory bail application came up for hearing today evening before the special court constituted for corruption cases.

Judge B P Deshpande granted the time to the police to file its reply.

Sources confirmed that Kamat filed bail plea fearing arrest after Wachasundar withdrew his anticipatory bail application.

According to Kamat, Wachasundar has probably been pressurised to implicate him in the Louis Berger bribery case.

 

Louis Berger International Inc., the US-based consultancy firm, has admitted in the US court that it paid a bribe of around Rs six crore to the ministers and government officials to get a project of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Goa.

Two former Louis Berger officials have already deposed before Goa’s judicial magistrate that bribes were paid to former Congress CM Kamat and PWD minister Churchill Alemao.

Wachasundar, who was in police custody for the last eight days, has been now remanded to judicial custody. His police remand was ending today.

Apparently, the police did not press hard for continuation of his police custody.

The crime branch of Goa police has also arrested Satyakam Mohanty, former vice president of Louis Berger (India), who allegedly managed the whole bribery operation.

 

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