With Digambar out, Churchill moves same court with fresh bail plea

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 19 August 2015 18:47 IST

With former chief minister Digambar Kamat granted bail, former PWD minister Churchill Alemao has moved the special court once again, with a fresh bail application.

His bail plea will be heard tomorrow morning.

Alemao, implicated in the Louis Berger bribery case, is presently in the judicial lock up.

He was arrested on 5th August while his bail application was rejected on 17th August.

He was implicated as a ‘main co-conspirator’ along with Kamat for accepting huge amount of bribes from Louis Berger International Inc., a US-based consultancy firm.

People have already started questioning on social media why Alemao is inside and Kamat is released when both are facing similar charges.

While rejecting Alemao’s bail application, the CBI court at Panaji had considered his criminal background into consideration, while also stating that Alemao’s lawyer did not counter it while arguing.

The crime branch of Goa police had expressed fear that Alemao may threaten and destroy evidence in the case.

Judge B P Deshpande, heading the CBI court at Panaji and deals with corruption cases, has upheld that Alemao is “allegedly involved in conspiracy which itself is a ground to show that the same is a serious matter….. posing a serious threat to the financial health of the country/state.”

However, these grounds are not applied to Kamat while granting him anticipatory bail.

Judge Deshpande has said that Kamat does not have a criminal background and his involvement in mining scam has not been established.

The court has stated in Kamat’s judgement that the crime branch “has failed to produce

any material to even prima facie show that there is any criminal background of” Digambar Kamat.

Both Kamat and Alemao Kamat 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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Nice to see CBI court delivering for same crime different judgement for two different accuse.

- Jaime Barreto, Surrey England | 20 th August 2015 02:46

 

Both are CHORs, one in and one outside

- Goemkar, Margao | 19 th August 2015 22:35

 

People have already started questioning on social media why Alemao is inside and Kamat is released when both are facing similar charges.

Is it something to do with

- John W D'Souza, Margoa - Goa | 19 th August 2015 20:56

 

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