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Judge reserves judgment
Judgment has be reserved in former Central Bank
governorJwala Rambarran's defamation lawsuit against
Government Senator Dr Lester Henry.
High Court Judge Devindra Rampersad reserved his
judgment in the case after hearing testimony from both
men in the Port-of-Spain High Court yesterday.
Central to the case are statements made by Henry
against Rambarran while he was a guest on a talk show
programme on i95.5 FM onJuly 9, 2014. The statements
concerns repairs works done on Rambarran's private
residence in Valsayn, which Henry alleged said were
possibly done using Central Bank funds.
While under cross-examination yesterday, Rambar-
ran said that he and his family took the decision to reside
at their home instead of the bank's official residence
and another residential property in Port-of-Spain as
both properties were in a state of disrepair and because
his children, who attend school in east Trinidad, were
being inconvenienced. Rambarran admitted that repair
works were done to his house while he lived in the official
residence for six months, but noted that those repairs
were done by him.
He stated that the only work done at the bank's
expense was the construction of a security booth and
cameras at the cost of $250,000, which was approved by
the bank's board. Rambarran said the security arrange-
ments were required for the post he held. He noted that
the money spent by the bank was a matter of national
concern which required transparency,but said that the
money he spent from his income was not.
"It is in the Central Bank's annual reports," Rambarran
said. In his testimony, Henry admitted that he had issues
with Rambarran's appointment as he felt that he was
the "least qualified" for thejob. "My personal opinion is
that he was not suitable," Henry said. He admitted that
he received information about the repair works but did
not have the resources to investigate its authenticity and
that he merely called for an investigation into the issue.
Henry also claimed that he may have not made some
of the statements attributed to him. While Rambarran
admitted that his attorneys were unable to obtain a re-
cording of Henry's interview from the Telecommuni-
cations Authority of T&T(TATT), Henry admitted that
he did and did not disclose it to Rambarran's legal team
for use in the case. Lawyers representing both parties
are expected to submit written submissions in the case
to Rampersad, who will then set a date for delivery of
Rambarran wasfiredby Finance Minister Colm Imbert
in December 2015 and is suing the State for wrongful
dismissal. Rambarran is being represented by Anand
Ramlogan, SC, and Douglas Bayley, while Gilbert Pe-
terson, SC, and Ken Wright are representing Henry.
Jwala's lawsuit against senator
As secretary accused of staging kidnapping returns to court...
Magistrate increases bail
The woman accused of makinga false report about
beingkidnapped bythree men,keptcaptivein ahouse
for three days,then locked in a car trunk,has pleaded
not guilty to wasting police time.
Reshma Maharaj, 30, of Rochard Road, Penal,returned
to the San Fernando Magistrates' Court yesterday, a day
after she was charged and granted $15,000 bail by a justice
of the peace.
Maharaj, asecretary, made thekidnapping report to po-
lice on Monday after they found her on the M2 Ring Road
where she claimed her abductors had left her bound and
gagged in a car trunk.
She claimed she managed to free herself by kickeing out
the back seat and crawling out of the car.
Maharaj told police she was driving along the M2 Ring
Road last Friday morningwhen a vehicle pulled in front of
her, three men came out, grabbed her and forced her into
their vehicle. She claimed she waskept captive in a house,
then left in the car trunk.
Reshma Maharaj. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Following inquires into her claims, po-
licearrested her on Tuesday.
The charge agaunst Maharaj is that on
Monday, at M2 Ring Road, La Romaine,
she caused wasteful employment of the
police byknowingly making a false report
to PC Trevor Rampersadthat she had been
kidnapped by three men.
After Fourth Court Magistrate GloriaJas-
math read the charge to Maharaj and she
pleaded not guilty, the magistrate said she
wanted to revisit bail.
In making a fresh bailapplication, attor-
ney Shaun Teekasingh, who held for attor-
ney Subhas Panday, saidMaharaj lived with
her parents, worked as a secretary and had
no previous convictionsorpending matters.
Court prosecutor Sgt Krishna Bedassie
asked for reasonable bail. He said police
officers spent two days investigating Ma-
The magistrate increased bail to $20,000
and placed Maharaj'smother as surety.Ma-
harajwas kept in custody until her bail bond
The case was adjourned to May 9.
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