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Bribery case: Ex-Goa CM Kamat to appear before crime branch


Panaji:  Former Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat would appear before the crime branch today in connection with Louis Berger bribery case.

“We have summoned Kamat and he would be appearing at around 3 PM,” a senior crime branch official said.

Kamat, who was summoned yesterday, had failed to appear before the investigating officer.

Since the Congress leader (Kamat) is an MLA and the House is in session, the summons was routed through the Assembly Speaker.

Kamat said he will cooperate with the agencies.

“I will go to crime branch today. I have nothing to hide,” said Kamat, who was heading the state between 2007-2012 when Louis Berger company reportedly paid bribe.

The US company bribed the ministers to win consultancy for water augmentation and sewerage line project executed under JICA (Japan International cooperation agency) funding.

Crime branch yesterday had questioned former public works department minister Churchill Alemao.

Police have already arrested A Wachasunder, a senior official who headed the controversial JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) water project in Goa that is at the centre of the pay off case.

His bail application will be heard by a local court this afternoon.

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