An investigation launched into former acting general manager at the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) Dayanand Birju is proceeding.
Sources told the Sunday Express police investigators visited Piarco International Airport last Wednesday and collected documents which were allegedly submitted by Birju when he applied for the job.
AATT sources say in
November last year, detectives attached to Fraud Squad visited them and requested certain documentation.
While there, detectives spoke with senior personnel, as well as former chairman of the AATT Trevor Benjamin.
Benjamin, sources say, assured the detectives he will co-operate with the investigation.
Birju had submitted a certificate—which stated he had a BSc in computer science from the University of Massachusetts Boston in the United States—to the AATT in order to obtain a managerial position.
Calls to the university by the Sunday Express revealed the certificate purporting to be issued from the institution was not authentic.
The police investigation is being spearheaded by ACP Crime Glenn Hackett.
Hackett, sources say, had initiated the investigation and mandated detectives attached to the Fraud Squad probe the matter.
Transport Minister Stephen Cadiz has stated in previous interviews that Birju and his relatives were
embarrassed over the expose.
“I am not sure what we will do, whether we will report and let the police deal with it or consider that Mr Birju has sent a message, that if found out, you (the public) will be very embarrassed,” Cadiz had told the Express on September 27.
Contacted on Friday afternoon and asked whether detectives have interviewed him, Birju said: “I have
no comment to make to you whatso-
Asked whether he was ready to
speak about the circumstances surrounding his resignation and the issue of his certificate, Birju disconnected the call.
During its investigation, the Sunday Express called the university and was told after d iligent checks, the certificate purporting to be issued from the institution was not authentic.
When the issue was raised publicly, officials at AATT contacted the university, querying the certificate, and were told by university personnel any information pertaining to Birju would need his permission.
Birju’s basic monthly salary at AATT before he resigned the position was $41,500. He received an acting allowance of $16,000; entertainment allowance of $2,000; and housing allowance of $4,000. Collectively, he received $63,500 per month.