CBI denies questioning Himanta Biswa Sarma in bribery case

Guwahati, November 7:  The CBI on Monday denied about reports that it has questioned Assam Health Minister and senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma in connection with its probe into the multi-crore Louis Berger bribery scam case.

“No such questioning has taken place as reported in a section of the media,” CBI Spokesperson R K Gaur was quoted as saying.

In its order on September 1, 2017, the Gauhati High Court had asked the CBI to take over the probe, saying the state police’s investigation was not satisfactory.

It is alleged that US-based Louis Berger had adopted illegal means for obtaining three water supply projects in Goa and Guwahati.

Unidentified officials of the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority, the US-based multinational company, Louis Berger International, and the Assam government officials have been booked on charges of criminal conspiracy and corruption, according to the CBI FIR.

It may be mentioned here that Sarma on November 4 had announced in a media WhatsApp group that he will file a defamation case against RTI activist Bhaben Handique in the next 4 days.

“Going to file a criminal defamation case against Bhaben Handique for continuously spreading false and defamatory news within next 4 days,” the message read.

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