In a new development, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Goa has sought copies of the first information report (FIR) registered by the Crime Branch in the Louis Berger bribery case as it pertains to “hawala transactions.”
Sources told The Hindu on Thursday evening that after receiving the FIR from Goa police, the ED will evaluate whether to register the case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Meanwhile, former Goa Minister for Public Works Churchill Alemao, who was arrested by the Goa police late on Wednesday night in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case, was remanded in four-day police custody by a Special Court here on Thursday evening.
Mr. Alemao was formally arrested a little before midnight on Wednesday after he was interrogated for nearly two hours by the Crime Branch police. He is the first politician to be arrested in the bribery case.