Govt. gets 10 days to fi­le af­fi­da­vit in Car­vil Duncan mat­ter

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

The res­pon­dents in the mat­ter that Chair­man and ap­poin­ted Mem­ber of the Pu­blic Ser­vi­ce Com­mis­si­on, Car­vil Duncan took be­fo­re the High Court, ha­ve been gi­ven 10 days’ lea­ve to fi­le an af­fi­da­vit in res­pon­se.

De­pu­ty So­li­ci­tor Ge­ne­ral of the At­tor­ney Ge­ne­ral’s Cham­ber, Pri­ti­ma Kis­soon ap­pe­a­red be­fo­re the High Court in re­pre­sen­ta­ti­on of Pri­me Mi­nis­ter Mo­ses Na­g­amoot­oo, whi­le Ro­bert Ram­char­ran ap­pe­a­red on be­half of the Tri­bu­nal. Ram­char­ran is al­so a mem­ber of the Tri­bu­nal. The two at­tor­neys re­quested, and we­re gran­ted lea­ve to fi­le an af­fi­da­vit in res­pon­se within 10 days.

Pre­si­dent Da­vid Gran­ger had ap­poin­ted a Tri­bu­nal to de­ter­mi­ne whe­ther Duncan should be re­mo­ved from his post as head of the Pu­blic Ser­vi­ce Com­mis­si­on and as a mem­ber of se­ve­r­al other con­sti­tu­ti­o­nal bo­dies, fol­lo­wing fraud char­ges that we­re brought against him. The Tri­bu­nal was to ren­der its re­port, fin­dings and re­com­men­da­ti­ons to the Pre­si­dent on or be­fo­re Oc­to­ber 31, 2016. The Tri­bu­nal be­gan its work on Oc­to­ber 10. Howe­ver, on Oc­to­ber 20, Duncan se­cu­red a High Court Or­der hal­ting the work of the Tri­bu­nal.

By then, all in­ves­ti­ga­ti­ons we­re al­rea­dy com­ple­ted. All that was left to be do­ne was for the Tri­bu­nal to hand its re­port to Pre­si­dent Gran­ger. Last week, Mi­nis­ter of Sta­te Jo­seph Har­mon said that the govern­ment is pre­pa­ring to sub­mit its res­pon­se to the Or­der. He told the me­dia: “The at­tor­neys who re­pre­sent the sta­te will be gi­ven suf­fi­cient in­struc­ti­ons to mo­ve to the court to ha­ve that or­der va­ca­ted so that the work of the com­mis­si­on can be con­clu­ded”.

Duncan is cur­rent­ly fa­cing char­ges of fraud fol­lo­wing fin­dings that he paid himself ap­proxi­ma­te­ly $1M and al­le­gedly con­spi­red with De­pu­ty Chief Exe­cu­ti­ve Of­fi­cer (DCEO) of the Gu­y­a­na Po­wer and Light, Mr. Aesh­war De­o­na­ri­ne, for an unap­pro­ved trans­fer of ap­proxi­ma­te­ly $27M, both sums from the Pe­troCa­ri­be Fund, in­to De­o­na­ri­ne’s per­so­nal bank ac­count. (KAITEUR NEWS)

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