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Two of the newly-appointed mem-
bers of the Integrity Commission are
relatively unknown to the public and
one would hope thorough background
checks were made.
That was the response of political
scientist Dr Indira Rampersad to the
President s appointment yesterday of
four commissioners to the Integrity
Two of them---Dr Shelly-Anne
Lalchan and Deonarine Jaggernauth---
are newcomers to the limelight.
Seunarine Jokhoo is returning as a
commissioner and Justice Sebastian
Ventour, a retired judge, is another
"Given the history of the Integrity
Commission, which has been mired in
controversy in the past, one would
expect the new commissioners would
conduct themselves and their duties
with a high level of independence and
integrity," Rampersad added.
Director of the Police Complaints
Authority Gillian Lucky said she had
confidence in President Anthony Car-
mona s selections.
She added: "I am confident the Pres-
ident would have been very careful in
his choice of commissioners to complete
the establishment of the Integrity Com-
"I have high expectations it will be
able to fulfill its mandate. I congratulate
all the commissioners and wish the
commission all the best in its work. It
is an independent institution and must
attract public trust and confidence."
Dana Seetahal, SC, who does not
know Lalchan and Jaggernauth, said
she would reserve comment.
According to a tweet by CNC 3 tel-
evision, Jaggernauth, asked how he felt
about his selection, said: "I appreciate
the President s confidence in me by
Lalchan said she would comment on
her selection at a later date.
The Integrity Commission has oper-
ated for three months without a board
since the term of the last one expired.
Chairman Ken Gordon was the only
commissioner who remained.
Re-appointed Integrity Commissioner Seunarine
Jokhoo has said "if the President requests your
services, then maybe you should agree."
Jokhoo commented briefly yesterday after it was
announced, via a statement from President s House,
he had been reappointed to the commission.
Jokhoo had been a member of the previous Integrity
Saying he was unaware of an announcement,
Jokhoo said he could not comment since he had to
wait until the President formally announced the
appointments and commissioners were sworn in,
noting the President could pull back the appointment
at any point until there was a swearing-in.
Asked if the new commission would probe the e-
mails from Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley which
were before the commission, Jokhoo said he was not
at the commission yet and as such could not say
Attempts to contact another appointee, Shelly-
Anne Lalchan, were unsuccessful yesterday.
She is listed on Linked In sites as a director at the
Eye Specialist Ltd. Interviewed by the media at a
recent opthalmology conference, Lalchan had said
she only returned to T&T in the last 18 months after
practising in the UK.
A member of the Royal College of Opthalmologists,
Lalchan was reported as saying most of her oph-
thalmology was done in England, in Morefields, a
premier hospital for eye patients in the UK.
Efforts to reach other members---Sebastian Ventour
and Deonarine Jaggernauth---also were unsuccessful
as calls to their phones went unanswered. (GA)
• From Page A1
• Justice Sebastian Ventour (retired) had a
distinguished 34-year legal career. He was
senior partner at the law firm of Fitzwilliam,
Stone, Furness-Smith and Morgan and a judge
in the Supreme Court for 14 years.
He has also served at the Law Association,
both as secretary and as a member of the dis-
ciplinary committee. Justice Ventour lectures
at the Hugh Wooding Law School, where he
has taught for 22 years. He is married, with
• Seunarine Jokhoo is a returning member
of the Integrity Commission, having previously
been appointed to serve a three-year term on
March 15, 2010.
A chartered accountant, he has a 35-year
history in the public service from which he
retired as director of State Enterprises and
acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of
Trade and Industry.
He also worked in the private sector as finan-
cial controller of Amar Holdings Ltd, general
manager and director of the Citrus Growers
Association and executive chairman of National
Fisheries Co Ltd. Jokhoo has chaired and served
on numerous boards. An avid farmer, he is
married with four children.
• Deonarine Jaggernauth has given 33 years
of service to Petrotrin and will be retiring in
a few weeks. A petroleum and environmental
engineer by profession, he is a researcher who
has published many papers and received several
awards, including the Society of Petroleum
Engineers Distinguished Member Award in
A part-time lecturer at the University of
T&T (UTT), he is also vice president of the
Trintoc Penal Credit Union. He is a lay minister
at the St Benedict s RC Church.
• Dr Shelly-Anne Lalchan, ophthalmologist
and surgeon, is a fellow of the Royal College
of Ophthalmologists, member of the American
Academy of Ophthalmologists, member of the
International Society of Glaucoma Surgery and
founder of the West Indian Society of Glaucoma
Having spent the majority of her medical
career practising in the United Kingdom, she
has returned home where she is in private prac-
tice. She is also an associate lecturer in post-
graduate ophthalmology with the University
of the West Indies at the Eric Williams Medical
Lalchan is engaged in social work in her pro-
fessional area of expertise. She is married to
a doctor and is the mother of one.
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Jokhoo mum until
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