Maharashtra govt orders probe into Louis Berger contracts

The Maharashtra government has ordered an inquiry into infrastructure contracts allotted to Louis Berger, the US-based construction management firm facing bribery charges to win projects in Goa and Assam.

"Yes, I have ordered an inquiry," Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told PTI here today.

A committee headed by a senior bureaucrat will inquire into the contracts awarded to Louis Berger, he said.

Louis Berger has served as a management consultant for infrastructure projects in Mumbai, including the Mumbai Metro One rail service, Monorail, Navi Mumbai international airport project and the Santacruz Chembur-Link Road.

A full-fledged inquiry will be constituted if deviations in awarding contracts come to light, Fadnavis said.

Last month, it was reported that the firm had admitted in a US Court that it paid bribes to top Indian government officials to bag projects in Goa and Assam.

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