CBI takes over Louis Berger scam
Guwahati/ 30th September’2017 (Prag News Desk): Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken over the Louis Berger scam after the Gauhati High Court reported of a sluggish investigation carries out by the Crime Investigation Department, Assam.
Meanwhile, CBI has filed a FIR with no names of accused government officials from the uwahati Metropolitan Development Authority. However, the FIR clearly states that unidentified officials from the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority, US-based multinational company Louis Berger International, Assam government and other public and private persons were booked on charges of corruption and criminal conspiracy.
Louis Berger case links to water management projects which were undertaken in Assam and Goa.
While the case was being handed over to the CBI, the court said, “It is stated by the petitioners that the penalty of 1.71 crore US dollars was imposed on the company (in the US).”
The scam that came into light in 2015 and the firm Louis Berger was found guilty before court in New Jersey court to allegations that it paid bribes to the governments of Assam and Goa to secure contracts as consultants in water supply projects.
After the Gauhati High Court stated that CID is under the state government and many high-ranking officials were also involved in awarding the contracts against bribe, the court viewed that the CID is not in a position to act independently and so the investigation cannot come into a logical conclusion, given the fact that during the execution of the project, Himanta Biswa Sarma was administering the project under Congress.
At present, he is a BJP Minister.