Goa police rush to HC against Digambar's bail order

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 19 August 2015 16:34 IST

Goa police have decided to challenge the court order granting anticipatory bail to former chief minister Digambar Kamat in the Bombay high court at Goa.

Kamat, wanted in the Louis Berger bribery case, was granted anticipatory bail by the CBI court at Panaji.

The petition is expected to filed tomorrow.

A big hype got created in Goa from the time Kamat filed for anticipatory bail on 5th August as a reputed former chief minister was otherwise getting arrested.

Extensive daylong hearings were held on Kamat’s anticipatory bail application last week.

Kamat was charged as a ‘main co-conspirator’ along with former PWD minister Churchill Alemao as at least four persons have deposed before the magistrate saying that bribes were delivered to both of them.

Alemao was arrested by the police little before the midnight on 5th August and his bail application was rejected by the CBI court, headed by judge B P Deshpande, on 17th August.

Alemao is still serving a judicial custody, after being in the police lock up for eight days.

Alemao’s bail rejection had enhanced the possibility of Kamat’s bail also getting rejected since both of them face similar charges.

 

In fact some lawyers were saying that the only thing needs to be awaited for is whether the court grants Kamat time to approach the high court against the bail rejection, which would restrain police from arresting him.

The court order of ‘granting’ anticipatory bail to Kamat thus came as a big surprise to Goa police.

They would now challenge it in the high court.

However, the high court since last week has changed the schedules for the hearings of criminal cases as Thursday evening and full day on Friday.

It is to be seen what priority the appeal of crime branch gets from the high court.

Kamat and Alemao are facing a serious charge of accepting huge amount of bribe from Louis Berger International Inc., the US-based consultancy firm.

The firm has admitted before the Department of Justice in New Jersey of paying bribes of total Rs six crore to ‘a’ minister and government officials in Goa to get the consultancy contract of JICA project.

Louis Berger was selected for consultancy to implement the project, worth Rs 1031 crore, funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

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DIGAMBAR IS INNOCENT!! HE IS ACTUALLY LIKE MANMOHAN SINGH. WHILE THE OTHERS IN PARTY ARE CORRUPT BUT HE GETS BLAMED IN THE END. THE WAY PEOPLE ARE RUSHING FROM THIS COURT TO THAT COURT SHOWS THAT THIS IS A CONSPIRACY TO SPOIL DIGAMBARS NAME AS HE HAS NEVER LOST IN ELECTIONS FROM SOUTH GOA. MARGAO.

ENTIRE SOUTH GOA AND MARGAO IS WITH YOU DIGAMBAR. DONT YOU WORRY.

- Goans for special status, Goa | 19 th August 2015 20:38

 

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