Digambar now 'free' till 12 Aug, bail hearing adjourned

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 07 August 2015 15:40 IST

Former chief minister Digambar Kamat today got further respite till 12 August, from getting arrested in the Louis Berger bribery case.

The hearing on the anticipatory bail, scheduled today afternoon, was adjourned till Wednesday by B P Deshpande, the judge of special court dealing with corruption cases.

Meanwhile, the interim relief granted to Kamat on his pedictable arrest would continue.

The hearing got over in two minutes as the state government counsel said a reply to the bail application would be filed today.

“We will file the reply right now. The arguments would take place on 12 August”, said Adv Guruprasad Kirtani, the state government lawyer, after the hearing.

Adv Surendra Desai, a senior lawyer representing Kamat, had moved for anticipatory bail on 5 August.

The case was postponed for today as the police was expected to file the reply.

Kamat had moved for anticipatory bail, fearing arrest, after A M Wachasundar, former director of JICA-funded water supply and sewerage project, had withdrawn his anticipatory bail.

After spending eight days in the police lock up, Wachasundar has been now remanded to police custody.

Kamat feared the arrest as Wachasundar has reportedly turned into a state approver.

Officials of Louis Berger have already deposed before the magistrate that they have paid huge amount of bribe to Kamat as well as former PWD minister Churchill Alemao.

Alemao has already been arrested by Goa police and has been remanded to four-day police custody, since yesterday.

Kamat however has denied the charge, stating that the JICA-related file never came to him.

The Goa police is investigating into the bribery case, where the US-based consultancy firm - Louis Berger International Inc. -has admitted of having paid a bribe of Rs six crore to Goans ministers and governent officials. 

Louis Berger managed to get the project execution in Goa, supposedly after paying bribes during the Congress regime, then headed by Digambar Kamat.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Kamat supporters had gathered outside Panaji court building.  

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