Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cops complete probe into claims against Sharma

Investigations into allegations against Glenn, Delmon still ongoing

 Investigations into allegations that former tourism minister Chandresh Sharma assaulted his ex-girlfriend Sacha Singh, the managing director of AMS Biotech Security Concept and Am Sure TT Ltd, ear­lier this year are officially complete. 

Investigations into allegations of misconduct by Dr Glenn Ramadhar­singh and Dr Delmon Baker are also nearing completion. 

This was confirmed yesterday by public infor­mation officer of the T&T Police Service (TTPS) Inspector Wayne Mystar, during the weekly media briefing at the Police Administration Building, Edward Street, Port of Spain. 

“Relative to the investigations involving Mr Sharma, that investigation has been completed. 

“I spoke to the Senior Super­inten­dent of the Northern Division (David Abraham) this morning, and I was told as such and that the relevant file would be on its way to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) by the week’s end. 

“I was also informed that Sharma was interviewed about three weeks ago, relative to the enquiries,” Mystar said. 

Sharma resigned as minister on March 31 after a police report alleging he had physically abused his ex-girlfriend during an altercation on March 12 in Grand Bazaar became public.  

In relation to former minister of the people Dr Glenn Ramadhar­singh, Mystar said he, too, had been inter­viewed and the file for this case was near completion. 

“In relation to Mr Ra­madharsingh, I can confirm that he was also interviewed and that the file rela­ting to him is almost com­­­­ple­ted. 

“When it is finished, it would then be sent to the office of the DPP for further instructions. While I can’t say how long till it is completed, I do know for a fact that the file has been perused by senior police officers. 

“The procedure is that the investigator would submit it to his seniors, who would peruse the file and determine if any further investigation is needed, and then it will be sent to the DPP. So using that for reference, it is at the stage where the file is in the possession of the senior officers,” Mystar explained. 

Ramadharsingh was accused by Patricia Singh in March that she was made to perform sex acts on the then minister in February and in 2011 for a Housing Development Corporation (HDC) house. 

As a result of these allegations and other circumstances, Ramadharsingh was removed from his office on Tuesday, March 25. 

Mystar also confirmed investigations of misconduct against Dr Delmon Baker, minister of Tobago Development, have begun, with the accuser being interviewed. 

Police reports are the alleged vic­tim in the matter reported to police in April that he had been sexually assaulted twice by Baker at his home.

“That report would be dealt with. I know that the person...would have been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) front office and they would have had a conversation with him as it relates to his claims in this matter. But I can’t say whether Mr Baker has been interviewed,” Mystar said. 

 Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar relieved Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh of his portfolio on March 25. He had been minister of the people since May 2010 when the People’s Partnership came into office.

 n Former tourism minister Chandresh Sharma resigned as a minister on March 31.