Panaji: Former Congress Minister Churchill Alemao has denied involvement in the bribery scandal related to US firm Louis Berger, while the Congress on Tuesday demanded filing of an FIR against those linked to the case.
Alemao, who was PWD Minister in 2009 when the alleged bribery took place, claimed he had not even heard of the company (Louis Berger).
"I have no role to play in the entire episode (award of contract). The tenders were decided by the engineers (of PWD Department)," said Alemao, who quit Congress after 2014 Lok Sabha election.
Louis Berger has been charged with bribing Indian officials with several crores to win two major water developmental projects in Goa and Guwahati.
The alleged bribery of USD 9,76,630 for the Goa project included bribe to a minister, the details of which have not been disclosed by the US Department of Justice.
Opposition Congress today asked the Goa government to file an FIR against all those allegedly involved in the scandal, including then ministers, within 48 hours.
"We demand that an FIR be filed within 48 hours in JAICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) scam. All (then) ministers and others involved in the case should be booked," Goa Congress spokesman Sunil Kawathankar told reporters here after submitting a letter in this regard to Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.
Louis Berger was consultant to JAICA for the projects.
"We appeal to the state government to write to US Department of Justice seeking name of the minister who was allegedly bribed by Louis Berger for securing contract under JICA," Kawthankar said.
"The BJP-led government, rather than politicising the issue and allowing culprits to go scot-free, should act with seriousness," he said.
Two days ago, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, a former Goa CM, hinted that two former ministers might be involved in the alleged bribery case.