Louis Berger case: crime branch arrested ex-head Satyakam Mohanty

Panaji,August 3:Louis Berger group's former vice president Satyakam Mohanty today detained by the Crime Branch in connection with Louis Berger Case for paying off Goa politicians and officials in 2010 while he was working as the head of the international consultancy firm in India.

Mohanty is the second person arrested in connection with the scam.

Mohanty, who resides in Gurgaon in the National Capital Region, was booked under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act for offering bribe to Goa politicians and officials to secure implantation rights for a Rs.1,031 crore water and sewerage management project in 2010, a police official said.

Mohanty's statement has also been recorded in the presence of a magistrate.

Top officials of Louis Berger have already pleaded guilty to a New Jersey District Court to offering bribes of $3.9 million to secure contracts in countries such as India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Kuwait.

While the settlement announced by the US Justice Department did not identify the politicians and officials who were offered bribes, documents revealed that $976,630 was paid in bribes during 2009-2010 to a Goa minister and other officials.

Louis Berger was part of a consortium that eventually won a contract to execute a multi-billion dollar water and sewerage project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Congress legislator Digambar Kamat, who was chief minister in 2010 has already been questioned, along with former Public Works Department minister Churchill Alemao, who served in the Kamat cabinet at the time.

Earlier day, JICA project director Anand Wachasundar was arrested in the bribery case.