ED to probe financial angle of Goa's Berger bribery case

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 07 August 2015 21:36 IST

Following Guwahati in Assam, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today filed a money laundering complaint in Goa, in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case.

It is called the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), on the lines of First Information Report of the police.

While Goa’s crime branch of the police is probing into the criminal angle of the case, the ED would now investigate the whole financial angle, more deeply.

The ED’s ECIR is on the lines of the FIR filed by the Goa police, against unknown ministers and others.

The case has been registered under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The ED of eastern region had failed ECIR in Guwahati yesterday.

Earlier, an NGO had filed FIR against Louis Berger International Inc. at Kamrup police station in Assam, in connection with a water supply project by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority.

In Goa, the Louis Berger is a consultant for JICA-funded water supply and sewerage project, worth Rs 1030 crore.

In both the projects, the Louis Berger have admitted before the US court that heavy bribes were paid to the ministers and government officials to win its consultancy contracts.

ED is the first central agency to take up the case for a probe.

There was a demand that the CBI takes over investigations of Goa and Assam, but no decision has been taken so far.

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