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$500,000 bail for woman
on 46 outstanding warrants
Ramdial: $2b in
Chaguaramas at risk
Opposition MP Ramona Ramdial is concerned
about a possible shut down of leases for at least
five major projects awarded by the Chaguaramas
Development Authority (CDA) in recent years.
She expressed that view at Wednesday's Joint Select
Committee (JSC) which fo-
cused on the operations of
At the hearing, CDA act-
ing general manager Deo-
said a review is being done
by a senior counsel to de-
termine the legality of the
Following the meeting,
Ramdial told reporters the
matter involved an estimated
$2 billion investment from at
least five leaseholders. She said the CDA was claiming
the projects were non-compliant with the 1974 plan.
CDA board member Robert Cezair had easlier told
the JSC that the 1974 plan is the law that governs the
CDA and it must be followed. However, Ramdial is in-
sisting that despite the concerns, the projects should
go ahead in the interest of the economy. She said the
previous CDA board had indicated that the projects
were not illegal.
Ramdial said the leaseholders are very concerned
"because they do not know where they stand right now."
"So what is going to happen if the second opinion
deemed the projects to be illegal?" she asked.
The Couva North MP said consideration should be
given to the fact that the projects were an estimated
$2 billion investment.
"We should probably find a way to make things
compliant and compatible," she said.
Ramdial said she does not believe the projects,
including a hotel, an eco-park and a water park,
are adversely affecting the environment
She said the authorities should "really be trying
to keep these investors in rather than running them
away from the projects."
Dilraj-Bathoosingh told the JSC the CDA is barely
able to pays monthly salaries for its 253 employees.
The CDA's major money earners are leases and
rentals and the authority is having problems collect-
ing rent from some clients because they are disputing
the amounts owed.
A woman who was arrested on
46 outstanding warrants for fail-
ing to appear in court since last
year was granted $500,000 bail
when she appeared before Princ-
es Town Magistrate Gail Gonza-
les on Wednesday.
Romala Sankar was arrested on
Tuesday during a police exercise. She
had failed to attendthePrinces Town
First Court, where she has pending
larceny cases, since last April. She
has to reappear in court onJune 27.
Sankar was among 14 people ar-
rested in an exercise spearheaded
by ASP Ali Mohammed and Insp
Gajadhar, supervised by Sgt Ram-
logan and Cpl Nanan and including
the Southern Division Task Force,
Court and Process and K9 Unit.
A female Jamaican national who
is in the country illegally was also
arrested and handed over to Immi-
gration Division officers.
Meanwhile five people, includ-
ing a woman, were arrested during
a two day an anti crime exercise
in the Penal area co-ordinated by
Snr Supt Baliram, Supt. James and
including members of the Penal
CID and South Western Division
The 38-year-old woman was ar-
rested for possession of 720 grammes
of marijuana while the others were
charged with wounding with intent
to do grievous bodily harm,rape and
possession of marijuana.
JENSEN LA VENDE
Chaguanas used car
dealer Sheron Sukh-
deo was yesterday
granted bail after a
night in jail but can-
not return to his home.
Sukhdeo, was de-
nied bail when he first
appeared in court on
with breaching a three
year protection order
taken out by his wife
Yesterday the matter
was recalled for bail, due
to a sewerage problem at
the Chaguanas Magistrates'
Court no prisoners were brought.
Despite an order by Magistrate
Wendy Dougdeen-Bally to bring Sukh-
deo alone to court after it was made known no
prisoners were coming, officers of the Court and
Process refused, opting instead to go to Sukhdeo's
home to retrieve his passport.
As part of his bail condition, Sukhdeo has been
ordered to remain 100 feet from his wife and have
no communication with her through any means.
He is also forbidden from entering their Orchard
Gardens, Chaguanas home and must report to
the Chaguanas Police Station every Tuesday and
Thursday. He will re-appear in court on June 14.
Sukhdeo pleaded not guilty to the offence of
breaching the protection order granted by Magis-
trate Joanne Connor in March last year. In February
last year, Sukhdeo appeared in court on a charge
of assault allegedly committed against his wife.
The case was dismissed in October that year when
his wife said she no longer wanted to pursue the
Sukhdeo was arrested on Tuesday, one day
after police are alleged to have received a report
of a domestic disturbance at the couple's home.
Sukhdeo was represented by attorneys Taradath
Singh and Stefan Ramkissoon.
Sheron Sukhdeo is
escorted to the
Court, on Wednesday.
PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
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