CBI be­gins probe into Louis Berger bribery case

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Nation - Rahul Kar­makar let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The CBI has be­gun a probe into al­le­ga­tions of bribery by US con­sul­tancy firm Louis Berger for se­cur­ing As­sam govern­ment con­tracts.

The CBI took over the case af­ter the Gauhati high court had on Septem­ber 2 said As­sam’s crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion depart­ment was go­ing slow on the case and pur­port­edly try­ing to shield the ac­cused. A CBI team on Thurs­day ques­tioned the three per­sons who filed a case in the scam — Bhaben Handique, Ab­dul Wahid and Jayanta Go­goi — at the CBI’s of­fice here.

The probe agency did not dis­close what tran­spired. The three pe­ti­tion­ers also chose to speak “when the time comes”.

The case dates back to July 2105 when the US depart­ment of jus­tice un­der For­eign Cor­rupt Prac­tices Act filed a law­suit against the New Jer­sey-based Louis Berger. The case in­volved water man­age­ment projects in As­sam and Goa. Soon af­ter the US law­suit, Handique filed a po­lice case in Guwa­hati al­leg­ing Louis Berger had paid ₹6 crore to As­sam of­fi­cials and politi­cians to se­cure a water sup­ply project in As­sam worth ₹1,452 crore.

The Guwa­hati Metropoli­tan De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (GMDA) had awarded Louis Berger a con­tract in 2010 to man­age three water sup­ply projects. The case was handed over to CID but Handique went to HC seek­ing a CBI probe.

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