Kamat granted anticipatory bail in Louis Berger bribery case

P0anaji, Aug 19 (IANS) A special anti-corruption court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to former chief minister Digambar Kamat in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case.

Kamat has been on interim bail for nearly two weeks, even as the prosecution, which has been demanding his arrest, has alleged that the former chief minister received more than Rs.1 crore in bribes in multiple instalments, including one at the official residence of the chief minister, to allot the consultancy project to Louis Berger in 2010 when he was heading a Congress-led coalition government.

Kamat, along with Churchill Alemao, a former PWD minister and ex-CM and other government officials have been accused of allegedly accepting a $976,630 bribe in 2010 from officials of US-based Louis Berger consultancy firm to secure implementation rights of a multi-billion dollar water and sewerage project in Goa worth Rs.1,031 crore funded by the Japan International Co-Operation Agency (JICA), which was cleared in 2010.

In their petition to the special court, the police through the prosecution lawyer had argued, that Kamat had been a habitual offender and sought his custody claiming he had a copy of a crucial JICA file which has “disappeared” and whose recovery was vital to the investigation.

Kamat had insisted that the project had been cleared by the PWD ministry and that he had no role in allotting the consultancy project.

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