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I will quit politics if found guilty: CM

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GUWAHATI, Aug 17 - Daring his critics to prove his alleged involvement in the Louis Berger bribery case, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that he would quit politics if he was found guilty in the Guwahati water supply scheme kickback involving an American firm.

Addressing the media, Gogoi, who has also instituted a CID inquiry into the case, said that the then Minister concerned (Himanta Biswa Sarma was the Guwahati Development Department Minister at that time) would have to bear responsibility if any illegalities were committed.

�I am not saying that bribes were paid, but if any anomalies were there, the Minister concerned will be responsible and not the Chief Minister. I sign all the files and it is not possible for the Chief Minister to look into the details of every file. That is the responsibility of the departmental minister, or else why is he there for? And anyway, as far as my knowledge goes, there were no procedural anomalies in the file. I will quit politics if I am found guilty in this case,� he said.

Gogoi said that the anomalies concerned were related to paying of bribe and not any procedural lapses.

On the demand for a CBI probe into the case, Gogoi dared the BJP to do the same in the Goa case involving Louis Berger.

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I will quit politics if found guilty: CM

GUWAHATI, Aug 17 - Daring his critics to prove his alleged involvement in the Louis Berger bribery case, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that he would quit politics if he was found guilty in the Guwahati water supply scheme kickback involving an American firm.

Addressing the media, Gogoi, who has also instituted a CID inquiry into the case, said that the then Minister concerned (Himanta Biswa Sarma was the Guwahati Development Department Minister at that time) would have to bear responsibility if any illegalities were committed.

�I am not saying that bribes were paid, but if any anomalies were there, the Minister concerned will be responsible and not the Chief Minister. I sign all the files and it is not possible for the Chief Minister to look into the details of every file. That is the responsibility of the departmental minister, or else why is he there for? And anyway, as far as my knowledge goes, there were no procedural anomalies in the file. I will quit politics if I am found guilty in this case,� he said.

Gogoi said that the anomalies concerned were related to paying of bribe and not any procedural lapses.

On the demand for a CBI probe into the case, Gogoi dared the BJP to do the same in the Goa case involving Louis Berger.