Registrar of the Integrity Commission, Martin Farrell, said yesterday that commission chairman Ken Gordon addressed suspended vice chairman Gladys Gafoor "in a gentlemanly manner" and that it was Gafoor who made violent utterances.
Farrell was giving evidence yesterday as the hearing in the judicial review suit filed against the Integrity Commission by its suspended vice chairman Gladys Gafoor got underway in the High Court with three witnesses, including Gafoor, giving evidence.
The matter came up for hearing before Justice Vashiest Kokaram with Gafoor, Farrell and attorney Gerald Ramdeen testifying.
Gafoor filed the judicial review suit questioning the decision by members of the commission to force her to recuse herself from an investigation into former attorney general John Jeremie last year.
Following her testimony and during cross-examination by lead counsel for the commission, Deborah Peake SC, Gafoor said Jeremie had made allegations against her which he could not support.
The members of the commission against whom the judicial review was filed are its chairman Ken Gordon and commissioners Prof Ann-Marie Bissessar and Neil Rolingson.
In three "secret letters" which were allegedly written by the commission members and sent to President George Maxwell Richards, Gafoor was accused of threatening violence, insulting fellow commissioners and leaking confidential information to the media in her own defence, saying that any allegation that she was responsible for undermining public confidence was baseless.
Gafoor was suspended from the position of vice chairman of the commission by the President on February 9, who later appointed a three-member tribunal to probe the allegations against her.
Attorney Clive Phelps who is representing Gafoor in the matter indicated to Farrell under cross-examination that Gordon had raised his voice in "a very haughty manner" towards Gafoor. However, Farrell said as far as he knew no such incident had taken place.
"Do you think that Mr Gordon is a man of integrity?" asked Phelps. "Well he is the chairman of the Integrity Commission," Farrell responded.
In addition to the judicial review suit, Gafoor has filed a constitutional motion against President George Maxwell Richards challenging his decision to suspend her and to appoint the tribunal to investigate the allegations against her.
She stated in her application that the decision to suspend her was made after Richards received the "three secret letters" from the commission members.
The matter resumes today.