PANAJI: The Enforcement Directorate, probing the money laundering angle in the Louis Berger bribery case, today quizzed its former vice president Satyakam Mohanty. The ED will be questioning various persons, including the accused who are in custody, in the coming days, an official said today.
However, the official refused to divulge any details about Mohanty's questionning. However, the official refused to divulge any details about Mohanty's questionning. The agency, which had registered the FIR in the money laundering angle, had earlier issued summonses to Mohanty and alleged hawala operator Raichand Soni asking them to appear before it on September 4 and September 7, respectively.
Besides Alemao, Mohanty and Soni, police had also arrested head of JICA-aided project in Goa Anand Wachasunder in the case. While Mohanty and Soni are out on bail, Alemao and Wachasunder are currently in custody. The US-based Louis Berger had confessed before a New Jersey court that they paid bribe to an Indian minister to win consultancy for a project in Goa funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The summonses were also issued against Sanjay Jindal, working as a traffic engineer with Louis Berger Group and Mukesh Bharti, who was working as an assistant to Soni, asking them to appear before ED on September 8 and 9, respectively. While Uday Kerkar, an operating manager at NJS Consultants, was asked to appear on September 10, Maladi Shivarama Prasad, office manager of Louis Berger, was asked to appear on September 11.
Prasana Shah, Director of Shah Technical consultants Private limited has been summoned on September 14. The Crime Branch had earlier questionned former chief minister Digambar Kamat in connection with the case.