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Tourism Minister Chandresh
Sharma is under investigation by
the police for the assault of his for-
Sacha Singh, the managing direc-
tor of AMS Biotech Security Concept
and AmSure T&T Ltd, who is in her
late 20s, met with officers of the St
Joseph Police Station on Friday at
her Piarco business and gave a state-
ment of Sharma s alleged physical
abuse during an altercation on March
12 at Grand Bazaar.
Though a police investigation into
such a matter can take as long as six
months, the Sunday Guardian learnt
that because of the high-profile nature
of the matter it is being fast-tracked.
ASP Joanne Archie, public infor-
mation officer of the T&T Police
Service, yesterday confirmed that an
investigation was being conducted
by the police against Sharma: "State-
ments were recorded and the inves-
tigation is in progress."
Archie said "a charge or charges"
may be laid after the investigation.
Sharma s investigation comes days
after former minister of the people
Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh was fired
by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar on Tuesday, following alle-
gations of disorderly behaviour on
board a Caribbean Airlines flight on
Questions about the child arose
Police were told that Singh met
Sharma in the car park of Grand
Bazaar, near Toppers around 7.45 pm
on March 12.
Sharma had agreed to meet Singh
at the mall.
In the back seat of Singh s car was
a 12-year-old girl and her mother, a
Sharma entered her Mercedes Benz
car and sat in the front passenger
seat, where questions about the child
The child eventually moved and
Sharma spotted her. The child called
out to Sharma who acknowledged
her.Singh began to ask Sharma about
maintaining the child.
Sharma and the girl s mother came
out of the vehicle arguing.
Shortly after, there was a scuffle
between Sharma and the woman.
During the melee, Sharma urged
the woman to stop hitting a Brahmin
Singh came out of the car and held
on to Sharma s tie, but was slapped
across the face.
Sharma, the police were told,
pushed Singh who fell back and hit
her head on her car and blacked out
for several minutes.
After gaining consciousness, Singh
said they were checking her pulse.
She said she was told that Sharma
was putting water on face, forehead
and head to revive her.
Singh said Sharma kept saying she
was fine and told her not to go to
the hospital, but instead she should
go home and take a shower.
Singh called her doctor at St
Augustine Private Hospital who told
her he was not on duty. She went
home and took painkillers.
The following day, Singh was
examined by Dr Pulchan at the Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Complex
who diagnosed that she suffered from
a mild concussion and haematoma
(swelling of the brain).
She then reported the incident to
Sgt Ogiste at the St Joseph Police
Traumatised by the incident, Singh
left the country on March 14 and
returned on March 25, where the
police took a report three days later.
The matter is being investigated
by Insp Naim Gyan, who refused to
comment yesterday when contacted.
Singh: I am pressing charges
Contacted yesterday, Singh said
she was pressing charges against
Sharma, who she met at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel in January 2013.
Singh admitted that she shared a
relationship with Sharma, stating
that she has evidence to back up her
"I found out about the child last
November by his (Sharma s) wife.
That s when things started to go
downhill with us because when I
asked him repeatedly about the child,
he kept denying (the child) was his."
She said Sharma had no right to
push her down because she brought
the little girl to see him.
Stating that she had established
her business before she met Sharma,
Singh, a former Miss T&T contest-
ant, said, "It is not that I am bitter,
vindictive or want revenge against
him...it s about living up to your
responsibilities and speaking the
truth. It s an innocent child we are
Singh said she could have left the
matter, but realised that it could have
been far more serious.
"I could have died. This should
serve as a message to all women that
they can stand up and fight men
who are abusive."
She said she was determined to
press charges against Sharma
because if left unchecked, someone
could get killed in the future as a
result of his actions.
Singh described the incident as
an abuse of public office.
"The thing is, if you grab a
woman s breast and you get removed
and you knock down a
PM ought to remove him
Yesterday, former attorney gen-
eral Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj said
on the basis of the PM s action
against Ramadharsingh, the same
should apply for Sharma.
"An assault is when you attempt
to hit someone. If you hit, then it s
assault and battery, which is a crim-
inal offence and would have to
answer a charge in the Magistrate s
Maharaj said Sharma s report was
"It s a form of domestic violence
because he was friendly with her."
Maharaj said a minister does not
have to be charged to be fired, but
the charge aggravates the situation.
A minister, Maharaj said, must
be an exemplar.
"The PM ought to remove
him...There must be high standards
in public life."
Maharaj said an investigation like
this should take only a few days.
"These matters are simple inves-
tigations. So this summary com-
plaint must be filed within six
months of the date of the incident."
Sat maintains it's
a domestic affair
Secretary general of the Sanatan
Dharma Maha Sabha said Ramad-
harsingh s issue was quite different
from Sharma s.
"Ramadharsingh s incident hap-
pened in an aircraft with other pas-
sengers who were endangered. This
is a different thing---a domestic dis-
pute...lots of people have. One is
a domestic affair, and one is public
manifestation of bad behaviour. It
was a different situation because
lots of politicians...they have
domestic problems. So that is why
I drew the line."
Maharaj maintained that the
matter involving Sharma will take
Maharaj insists that he was not
condoning domestic violence.
Seebaran--Suite: If it is
true... it is to be deplored
Women s activist, chairman of
Advocates of Safe Parenthood:
Improving Reproductive Equity
(Aspire), attorney Lynette See-
baran--Suite said: "If it is true, then
really, it is to be deplored because
domestic violence is one of the
most pervasive crimes society
Seebaran-Suite said she has been
trying to wrestle with the problem.
"So if we have exemplars in soci-
ety or people who are supposed to
be exemplars committing that kind
of violence, then they should face
the full brunt of the law."
Seebaran-Suite said anyhow you
look at it, "an assault is an assault."
No response from Sharma, PM
Yesterday, a call made to Shar-
ma s phone was answered by some-
one who stated that the minister
was attending a function. Another
call at 6.30 pm was not responded
to.Text messages sent to Sharma s
cell phone at 4.38 pm, 6.37 pm and
6.59 pm were not answered.
Sharma also did not respond to
questions e-mailed to him.
Meanwhile, calls and texts to Per-
sad-Bissessar s phone went unan-
Police probing Chandresh
for assault of ex-girlfriend
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