Louis Berger scam: CID submits papers to HC
BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Aug 24: The Crimil Investigation Department (CID) of the Assam Police on Thursday submitted some important documents in a sealed envelope to the Gauhati High Court in connection with the investigation into the Louis Berger bribery scandal.
Earlier, the high court during PIL hearing, filed by social activist Bhaben Handique and two others, had asked the CID to submit a status report on the probe.
Senior lawyer Nilay Dutta on behalf of the CID submitted the document to a division bench of Chief Justice Ajit Singh and Justice Manjit Bhuyan.
The High Court earlier slammed the CID for failing to submit a status report on the progress of its investigation into the case.
In the PIL, the petitioners sought an investigation by an independent agency, such as the CBI, into the scandal.
The Gauhati high court in July asked the petitioner, Bhaben Handique, to make the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) a party in the case.
The HC also asked the CBI counsel to appear before the court in the next hearing of the case.
The state government ordered a CID inquiry into the scam in August 2015 after which the CID registered a case.
In July 2015, Louis Berger Intertiol Inc, a New Jersey-based construction magement company, told a court in the US that it had bribed officials to win the contract for project magement consultancy in a Guwahati water supply project.
The US justice department said Louis Berger would pay $17.1 million as crimil pelty to resolve charges of bribing to win government contracts in India, Indonesia, Vietm and Kuwait between 1998 and 2010.