Louis Berger bribery case
BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, March 20: On the issue of holding video tele-conference (VTC) by CID, Assam Police with the US Department of Justice on the Louis Berger bribery case (PIL No. 85/15), the investigating agency has again sought another 4 weeks time from Gauhati High Court, with the court accepting its request. A hearing in the case was held in the High Court on Monday.
In the earlier hearing held on February 12 last, the CID verbally presented information on the VTC issue before the High Court, which didn’t accept it and directed the investigating agency to come up with detailed information on the issue within 4 weeks time, which the CID has failed to comply with.
The High Court in January this year had also directed the CID to make clear its status on holding VTC with the US Department of Justice regarding its suggestions through a letter on 10/10/2016 to hold VTC. It may be mentioned that the US Department of Justice has expressed its willingness to share all necessary information about the Louis Berger bribery case with Assam Police.
In the Louis Berger scam, US-based firm Louis Berger International Inc by its own admission paid under $1 million to bag water projects in Goa and Guwahati. The project was to build and expand water and sewerage facilities. It was sanctioned in 2007. To fund the project, the previous Congress government in Assam took a hefty loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).