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Goa court issues summons to ex-employee of US firm in bribery case

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

A court today issued a to James McClung, former top of the US-headquartered firm Louis Berger, who had confessed to a court in that country to have paid bribes to ministers in

McClung had claimed to have paid bribes to former some others to win consultancy for a water augmentation and sewerage line system project, to be implemented through a funding from the (JICA).

Principal Sessions Judge, North Goa, Irshad Agha, today ordered McClung to appear on September 17 at 10 am to answer the charge sheet against him.

A notice should be served to McClung through the investigating officer, Crime Branch's Dattaguru Sawant, the court directed.

"It has been shown to my satisfaction that McClung, who is a resident of Washington DC, has absconded or is concealing himself to avoid the service of the summons," the court said.

McClung and of the UAE, both former employees of Louis Berger, had pleaded guilty to a bribery charge before a court in the US.

They had admitted to have paid USD 976,630 in bribe for the Goa project.

The Crime Branch had arrested then Goa in the case in September 2015. Kamat had obtained anticipatory bail from the sessions court.

In October 2016, the Crime Branch filed a charge sheet in this case, naming Kamat as the "prime conspirator".

The police also named McClung, former of the company Satyakam Mohanty, of the JICA-aided project in Goa Anand Wachasunder, suspected Raychand Soni and former Margao as accused.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 00:00 IST