In a strange quirk of fate, former Goa Public Works Department Minister Churchill Alemao, recently arrested in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case, is lodged in a jail whose foundation stone he laid.
In what could spell trouble for former Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in Louis Berger pay off scam, a former official, now under arrest, has claimed before a court that he was a witness to bribe being given to him.
Describing former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat as a "habitual offender involved in corrupt practices", the Goa Crime Branch has alleged before a court here that he "actively participated" in the conspiracy and was among the beneficiaries in Louis Berger bribery case.
As the investigation into the bribery case involving an US firm - in which a minister of the erstwhile Congress government in Goa has been arrested -- gathers steam, the police arrested an alleged hawala operator on Friday.
Granting interim relief to former Goa chief minister and Congress leader Digambar Kamat, a local court today fixed August 7 for hearing his anticipatory bail application in connection with his alleged role in the Louis Berger bribery scandal.
Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today said that there is no need to hand over the Louis Berger bribery case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the case is being investigated by the crime branch of Goa Police.
Goa DGP TN Mohan on Tuesday ruled out any fresh arrests in the Louis Berger bribery case being probed by Crime Branch, in the backdrop of a speculation that former chief minister Digambar Kamat and ex-minister Churchill Alemao could be taken into custody.