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CBI team in Guwahati to probe Louis Berger scam

A team of officials from the Central Bureau of Investigation were in Guwahati on September 26 to investigate the multi-crore Louis Berger scam case.

This is the second visit of a CBI team in Assam to investigate the scam. A team earlier visited Assam on October 12, 2017 and took statements of the petitioners who filed a case in Dispur PS, including a government official, who filed a case with the CID regarding the scam.

The team led by Superintendent of Police (SP) of the anti corruption unit of the CBI is likely to question several senior government officials in connection with the scam. The CBI team will camp in Guwahati for at least a week during which it is scheduled to question officials of the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Department (GMDA).

The CBI team including the investigating officer of the case, inspector Avinash Kumar, also met social activist Bhaben Handique, who had along with two others, filed the PIL at the Gauhati high court seeking a probe by an independent agency.

Speaking to the media, Handique said that he was summoned by the team on September 26. He said that he handed over hard copies of the collected documents in connection with the case from the US Department of Justice and FBI to SP Rajiv Ranjan and his investigative team.

“I handed all the information which I had acquired from the US agencies to the CBI. We had a fruitful discussion,” he said.

The Gauhati high court in response of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) had directed the CBI to investigate the case in 2017.

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