Kerala Opposition Leader Takes Up The Lede Report On Tainted Consultancy Firms
When the Communist-led Kerala government is under fire for the last one month for providing undue importance for consultancy firms in the development projects, Kerala opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala today questioned government’s stand on a consultancy given for the planned Sabarimala airport.
The opposition leader held an exclusive press conference taking cues from The Lede's Sabarimala airport story.
The Lede had reported exclusively about the Sabarimala airport feasibility consultancy contract being given to a tainted US company in October 2019.
The consultancy was given to Louis Berger, an US-based company in 2018.
The Lede had found that the company is tainted. We found that the company has paid $17.1 million as penalty following an FBI probe.
Following the FBI probe, India's CBI had also filed a case and is probing the company’s bribery charges in India.
“Why is this government not checking the company background before giving them work,” Chennithala asked.
He also read out the details of the FBI and CBI probe from the story reported by The Lede.