Panaji: Arrested in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case, former Goa Public Works Department minister Churchill Alemao on Thursday said that he was innocent and arrested as part of a "political game".
Alemao was detained on Wednesday night from Agassaim village in south Goa at 10.30 PM and later put under arrest around midnight by the Goa Crime Branch police.
"I am happy. They have arrested me. This is a political game. I have not done anything wrong," Alemao said while being taken for medical examination during the wee hours on Thursday.
"Why should I go for anticipatory bail. I am very innocent. I have not done anything wrong," said Alemao when asked why he didn't move anticipatory bail plea.
Superintendent of Police (Crime Branch), Kartik Kashyap, confirmed the arrest, but refused to divulge any details.
He has been arrested under various sections of prevention of corruption act and 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code, a senior police official said.
"This is politically motivated case. When it comes to politicians all the books of law are kept on the shelf," said Mike Mehta, lawyer for Alemao who had come to meet him at crime branch office during wee hours.
He will be produced before the local court later on Thursday.