19/07/2015 2:13 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Goa Chief Minister Wants CBI Probe Into Bribery Allegations In Water Project

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PANAJI -- Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today said he will demand a CBI inquiry into the allegations of a New Jersey-based construction management firm bribing Indian officials for a water developmental project in the state.

Parsekar's reaction came in the wake of US firm Louis Berger being charged with bribing Indian officials for several crores to win two major water developmental projects in Goa and Guwahati.

"Since it is an international matter, Goa police can't investigate it. That is why the government has decided to write to Prime Minister and Union Home Minister demanding a CBI inquiry into it. Truth should be revealed to the people," the Chief Minister told reporters here this morning.

"When the contracts were awarded, Congress leader Digambar Kamat was the Chief Minister and Churchill Alemao was Public Works Department Minister. Now it should be revealed which minister took the bribe," Parsekar said.

The bribery of USD 976,630 for a Goa project by Louis Berger included payments to a minister, details of which have not been disclosed by the US Department of Justice.

Two days back, the company agreed to pay USD 17.1 million criminal fine to resolve charges that it bribed officials in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Kuwait to secure government construction management contracts.

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