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Luis Burger bribery scam: Dissatisfaction over the CBI probe
Intensifying investigation into the multi-crore Luis Burger bribery scam, allegedly, occurred around seven years back in Guwahati, the Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) has continued to question incumbent and former officials of the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority(GMDA).

It has been learnt that since Friday last, sleuths of the investigating agency have questioned former GMDA CEO Pritam Kumar Saikia, former OSD Pomi Baruah apart from its incumbent CEO Rupak Kumar Mazoomdar and some middlemen in connection with probe to the scam.

Sources revealed that the CBI team had also questioned senior IAS officer Ashish Kumar Bhutani, the then CEO of the GMDA when the scam allegedly occurred, in New Delhi a few days back.

However, Swaraj Asom, an outfit on whose complain the Guwahati High Court had directed to handover the case to the CBI from the Assam Police CID last year, has expressed displeasure over the pace of the investigation. Bhaben Handiqui, the Co-ordinator of the outfit alleged that the enquiry has been done in a limited sphere at the instance of a group of politicians. He demanded to drag minister Himanta Biswa Sarma into the enquiry as the latter was minister of the Guwahati Development Department when the scam took place.

The Luis Burger scam allegedly occurred in bidding of a contact of water supply project when the Congress ruled the state. The scam came into light when two officials of the company arrested in the USA on charges of bribery. Later the accused officials plead guilty in a US court.

Swaraj Asom alleged that some officials of Luis Burger had bribed a group of politicians and then officials of the GMDA and Guwahati Development Department for securing water supply contact in Guwahati. The BJP also once alleged that Himanta Biswa Sarma was also involved with the scam as he was the then minister of the Guwahati Development Department.

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