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Former government minister Chandresh Shar-
ma who is the centre of a police investigation
stemming from allegations of violence against his
former girlfriend Sacha Singh is yet to be inter-
Police sources said yesterday they were still in
the process of taking statements from witnesses
but had not interviewed Sharma as yet.
Asked when he was expected to be interviewed
they said they could not say.
Police maintained the investigation was straight
forward and there was no need to seek advice from
the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The matter against Sharma was reported on
March 12 by Singh, a Piarco business owner and
one-time girlfriend of Sharma.
The incident allegedly took place around 8 pm
at Grand Bazaar, Valsayn.
In her statement Singh alleged she was knocked
out after being pushed during an argument involving
her, two other people and the former minister.
She was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sci-
ences Centre, Mt Hope, by her driver and subse-
quently reported the matter.
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Bharath on ministers' conduct:
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Minister Vasant Bharath says there is no
instability in the People Partnership Gov-
He was responding to questions from the
media on the resignation of Chandresh
Sharma on Monday and the dismissal of
Glenn Ramadharsingh last week Tuesday
after he was alleged to have engaged in inap-
propriate conduct on board a Caribbean
Airlines flight from Tobago.
The minister was approached after yes-
terday's launch of the Banking Process Out-
sourcing (BPO) Pilot Training Programme
at the School of Accounting and Manage-
ment, St Augustine.
He said: "One of the selling factors of
T&T whenever I travel abroad is the political
and economic stability.
"Investors are interested in the state of
the economy and I think that Ministers
Larry Howai and Winston Dookeran must
be congratulated for the wonderful job they
have done in holding the economy together
in light of the fact that many of our Caricom
neighbours and other partners in the United
States and Europe have crumbled over the
last five years," he said.
Bharath said it did not affect the inner
workings of the UNC as a party.
"That is not for me to determine. I do
not think his resignation will affect the run-
ning of the party as these are two separate
issues of the Government and party.
"I think in time Sharma will continue to
be an excellent representative for his con-
stituency. He has massive support there,"
He said the change of ministers in the
Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of People
and Social Development did not mean that
there was a crisis in the Government.
"What it signals is the strength and
courage and character of the Prime Minister
in doing what she considers to be right,
based on the election platform of 2010.
"It shows a massive difference on how
we handle internal matters that become
public as opposed to a previous adminis-
"Many officers and minsters of that gov-
ernment had committed many infractions,"
He described Sharma's resignation as
"They were both excellent ministers. They
have both been colleagues of mine for a
long time. But what this does is expose
human frailty and teaches us as human
beings how quickly we can rise and how
quicker than that we can fall," he added.
He said it was the prerogative of the Prime
Minister to determine who went into what
PP Govt still stable
Instability in Government is
how former head of the public
service Reginald Dumas has
described the dismissal and res-
ignation of two Cabinet min-
isters in less than seven days.
In an interview yesterday,
Dumas said despite claims by
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar that she made several
trips abroad to attract investment
to the country, that objective was
being defeated by the several and
frequent changes in Cabinet
portfolios, which were having a
negative impact on the country's
He said several international
organisations were looking at
developments in T&T and would
prepare reports. The international
investor would look at those
reports before deciding to invest,
Dumas said citizens must be
told of the benefits that have
accrued to T&T from the PM's
trips to Brazil, India, China and
Instability in Government was
the enemy of development,
News of Chandresh Sharma's
resignation as tourism minister
was published in the Washington
Post on Monday.
Dumas said the many Cabinet
changes gave the impression
"people do not know how to
conduct themselves properly."
The former ambassador said
governance was contributing to
"a cheapening of the country's
image," adding: "I expect more
(Cabinet changes) will come."
Former prime minister Basdeo
Panday said the Prime Minister
forced Sharma to resign after
police started investigating alle-
gations of assault brought by a
young businesswoman, Sacha
In a statement on Monday,
Sharma said he was intent on
"privately clearing his name."
But Panday said Sharma
would never resign of his own
free will and the Prime Minister
would have given him an ulti-
matum to resign or face dis-
He said he was not surprised
by the recent events in which
two ministers departed the Gov-
ernment within a week, as the
Prime Minister made "bad
choices" for her Cabinet.
Panday said the PM's major
objective was to appoint most
of her 29 MPs ministers and
there was no consideration as to
whether they were "fit or not"
He said the PP Government
was facing defeat in next year's
...But Dumas disagrees
still to talk
Chartered accountant Seunarine Jokhoo has
resigned from the Integrity Commission.
A statement yesterday from the commission said
Jokhoo tendered his resignation via a letter dated
March 2014 citing the reasons as urgent family
The release said President Anthony Carmona
received notice of Jokhoo's resignation from com-
mission's chairman Ken Gordon.
"Mr Jokhoo, a chartered accountant, advised that
he was unable to continue as a member of the
Integrity Commission because of urgent family
"He thus elected to tender his resignation from
the Integrity Commission," the release said.
It said Carmona thanked Jokhoo for his service
and has begun the search for an appropriate replace-
An appointment is expected to be made after
consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader
of the Opposition.
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