Congress of the People (COP) leader and Legal Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar yesterday said the Cabinet was "duped" by former justice minister Herbert Volney.
"We were all duped and in relation to that matter (Section 34) I have apologised, we have apologised for our part in that," he said. Ramadhar made the statements in response to questions from the media during the budget debate's lunch break.
"The issue of the confirmation of a Cabinet note... it is a formality that the note was actually passed by Cabinet, there was no news in this," he said.
Ramadhar said his party always stood for what was "right and proper".
"When things are wrong, those who have to be held accountable should (be). The Prime Minister acted and we congratulate her on that," he said.
When asked why Volney had singled out the COP for his removal, Ramadhar said, "That is not for me to answer. I don't want to comment on anything of the goodly gentleman."
On Wednesday, Volney blamed the COP for his removal, saying Ramadhar "led an assault" against him in Cabinet meetings. Volney also criticised the party's internal politics, saying its new politics was "back stabbing" and he wanted "no part" of it. He said then that it was the problems with the ministers under the COP who undermined him in the Cabinet in his absence.
Volney also said he believed his removal "had to do with the COP", as the Prime Minister chose to stand with that party, rather than with him.