CBI begins probe into Louis Berger bribery case
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.