PORT OF SPAIN — Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said yesterday that he feels compelled to clear the air on the perception, by some, that he may have leaked, to businessmen Ishwar Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson, information about the now repealed Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act before the Legal Notice was published.
In a statement issued yesterday, Ramlogan responded to a statement made by Independent Senator Corrine Baptiste-McKnight at a panel discussion at the UWI St. Augustine campus on October 3.
Baptiste-McKnight told the audience: “I went down to the Gazette office to get a copy of the Legal Notice concerning this proclamation. The legal notice is dated September 10. How come some people know to go before the judge and put in an application before the legal notice was published?”
In his statement yesterday, Ramlogan said Baptiste-McKnight got her facts wrong. He said the legal notice was actually published on August 30 and was therefore public knowledge at that time.
“I was disturbed by the dark insinuation that these particular defendants had ‘insider information’ about the early proclamation of Section 34 which they exploited to their benefit,” Ramlogan said.
‘Got facts wrong’
“Unfortunately, the learned senator got her facts wrong and hence posed a dangerous rhetorical question pregnant with conspirational implications. No one in the media bothered to verify if what she said was in fact correct.”
Ramlogan said he did not intend to comment further on the issue because he accepts that mistakes are made and that Baptiste-McKnight was probably caught up in the heat of the debate and perhaps made an honest error.
“I am, however, compelled to clear the air in the face of the clear insinuation that I could be among those who might have ‘leaked’ this secret information to these businessmen.
“Legal Notice No. 348, which dealt with the proclamation of Section 34 was in fact published on August 30, 2012. The applications by Galbaransingh and Ferguson were filed on September 10. It is therefore patently false and untrue to suggest that they were able to file their applications before the Legal Notice was published.” (Express)