...Minister ‘going full steam ahead’ with legal action
Minister of the People Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh is following through with his intention to sue Independent Liberal Party (ILP) interim leader Jack Warner.
Speaking with the media in Sea Lots after delivering two cheques to accident victim Ryan Rampersad’s family yesterday, Ramadharsingh, who was on crutches because of a hairline fracture on his big toe, told the media he had spoken to his lawyers yesterday morning “and I understand that the courts is on some recess so that the date of the action becomes only active when the courts reopen. But I continue to be advised and we are preparing to go full steam ahead”.
Ramadharsingh had issued a pre-action protocol letter to Warner following his allegation that a Government minister owned six “palatial homes”. The letter stated Warner’s statements could be inferred to mean he (Ramadharsingh) received funds from businessmen as compensation for multi-million-dollar contracts, which implied corruption.
Ramadharsingh, on July 24, had refuted the allegation made by Warner that a Government minister owned six “palatial homes”.
Warner had showed pictures of four of the six homes at a Chaguanas West by-election campaign meeting—one located at Ana Street in Point Pleasant in Cunupia, at 302 Point Pleasant Park in Cunupia, at 40 Peter Street in Point Pleasant, Cunupia, and another at 29 Caroni South Bank Road.
One day after Warner’s allegations, Ramadharsingh called a news conference at his Caroni Central constituency office to deny them, and demanded an apology from Warner.
His mother, Chandra Ramadharsingh, and his uncle, Chandreka Sahadeo, attended that conference. Warner had named Sahadeo as one of the beneficiaries of one of the properties. Sahadeo confirmed he lived at the property Warner identified at 29 Caroni South Bank Road, and added that he was the owner of another property at Boy Cato and Madras Road, Las Lomas. “I built this house (29 Caroni South Bank Road) from scratch. It took three years to complete because I did not have enough money. I built it in phases,” he said.
The minister’s mother also denied her son owned the properties and said she was the one paying utility bills and the mortgage on his legitimate home—a property at Cacique Drive, Paria Gardens, Rousillac, which was still under construction. She said her son was only paying the mortgage on that property and was the owner of one luxury car and a four-wheel pick-up. She described Warner’s action as “wicked” and said she would “never forgive him for that”.