PANAJI, Aug 6 - Former PWD Minister Churchill Alemao has been arrested in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case by Goa Police which is closing in on former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and preparing to oppose his anticipatory bail plea.
Alemao, 66, who was taken into custody from Agassaim village in South Goa and later put under arrest around midnight by the Goa Police�s Crime Branch, claimed he was innocent and his arrest was �politically motivated�, a charge rejected by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, heading the BJP-led government in the State.
Parsekar said, �Police are doing a good job. No one would be spared.�
Police claimed that Alemao was arrested on the basis of �clinching� evidence. �Alemao was arrested as we got clinching evidence against him after interrogating others accused who are arrested. We might need custodial interrogation of Kamat, too,� a senior Crime Branch official said on condition of anonymity.
Kamat, who headed the previous Congress ministry, had earlier moved an anticipatory bail application in a Panaji court which will hear it tomorrow.
�We are preparing a strong response for the anticipatory bail plea filed by Kamat. We will oppose it,� the officer said.
State Director General of Police T Mohan said it would completely depend on the investigating officer whether or not to oppose the anticipatory bail plea of Kamat. �But I feel he must be opposing it as they might want him for the investigation,� the DGP said.
Alemao is the only politician to have been arrested in connection with the pay-off case so far. The Crime Branch had quizzed Alemao twice last week, besides Kamat, who was the Chief Minister between 2007 and 2012.
Alemao said he was innocent and arrested as part of a �political game�. � PTI