Fired T&T Minister ‘categorically denies’ sex probe allegations

(Trinidad Express) FIRED minister of the people and social development Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh yesterday said he would be taking all steps necessary to prevent the further publication of any article that may be “injurious” to his reputation. Ramadharsingh made the statement following an exclusive article published in the Sunday Express entitled “Glenn in Sex Probe”.
In the article, it was stated that police are currently investigating claims made by 47-year-old mother Patricia Singh that Ramadharsingh forced her to perform sex acts in order to fast track a Housing Development Corporation (HDC) application. Ramadharsingh “categorically and unequivocally” refuted all of Singh’s allegations. “I refer to allegations published/printed/raised in a daily newspaper dated Sunday April 06, 2014 headlined ‘GLENN IN SEX PROBE’,” Ramadharsingh said in a release. “I wish to categorically and unequivocally refute all allegations contained in the aforementioned article, and to further state that such a report is misleading, baseless and without any merit whatsoever,” he stated. Ramadharsingh, whose wife Arlene is pregnant, said the issue has caused “personal hurt, pain and psychological suffering” to his family and he will be referring the issue to his attorneys.
“As such, given the gravity of the matter, and the personal hurt, pain, and psychological suffering it has brought to me and my family, I have now referred this matter to my legal counsel/attorneys for their immediate attention and will take all necessary steps to stop the publication of any further article, electronic, printed, or otherwise, which may be injurious to my reputation, and in addition to restore my personal and that of my family’s identity and reputation,” he said.
The allegations made by Singh come on the heels of Ramadharsingh being axed from the People’s Partnership Cabinet by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. On March 25, Persad-Bissessar advised President Anthony Carmona to revoke Ramadharsingh’s appointment as Minister of the People and Social Development. Persad-Bissessar’s action came 11 days after the Express exclusively reported, in a story by investigative journalist Denyse Renne, that police were investigating a report of disorderly behaviour by Ramadharsingh on board a domestic flight from Tobago to Trinidad on March 16. Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) flight attendant Ronelle Laidlow, 25, filed a complaint that the minister’s hand touched her breast when he reached for her ID badge, which was pinned to her blouse, and threatened to have her fired. Two official reports were made by the flight attendant—to the security department of the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) and Piarco police sub-station. Ramadharsingh subsequently apologised for his behaviour, saying he was suffering from “severe fatigue”, but denied touching Laidlow or threatening to have her fired.

Latest in Regional News

default placeholder

Jamaica not preparing to leave Caricom, says Holness

(Jamaica Observer) Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday launched his promised Caricom Review Commission and immediately dismissed speculation that Jamaica is preparing to pull out of the regional economic bloc.

A basket of local onions is on display beside Don McGlashan, director general in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Agriculture, in Old Harbour, St Catherine.

Jamaican farms aiming for 40% of onion market

(Jamaica Gleaner) Three years ago, Jamaica was producing just six per cent of the onions consumed locally. Now it’s meeting 10-12 per cent of demand, but that’s still around a quarter of the levels agriculture officials aim to reach.

default placeholder

‘Jamaica is T&T’s ATM’ – Mahfood slams one-way CARICOM benefits

(Jamaica Gleaner) “Jamaica has been the ATM for Trinidad and Tobago.” That’s the claim from the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), which has indicated that it wants Jamaica to use the upcoming Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government Summit to push forcefully for changes that will “rebalance trading relationships” in the 15-member group.

William Mahfood

‘Jamaica is T&T’s ATM’ – Mahfood slams one-way CARICOM benefits

(Jamaica Gleaner) “Jamaica has been the ATM for Trinidad and Tobago.” That’s the claim from the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), which has indicated that it wants Jamaica to use the upcoming Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government Summit to push forcefully for changes that will “rebalance trading relationships” in the 15-member group.

default placeholder

Trump vows to reopen, or scrap, NAFTA pact with Canada and Mexico

MONESSEN, Pennsylvania/WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump yesterday vowed to force Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the NAFTA trade agreement with the United States – or scrap it – if elected, as part of an effort to protect and restore American jobs.

default placeholder

Sweet potato experts win World Food Prize

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Four scientists who specialized in sweet potatoes were named the winners of this year’s World Food Prize yesterday for their work to make foods more nutritious.

default placeholder

Sanders back in U.S. Senate, blasts ‘colonialism’ in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders brought his firebrand rhetoric back to the floor of the Senate yesterday to condemn a White House-backed bill on Puerto Rico’s financial crisis as “colonialism at its worst.” Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who turned an unlikely presidential bid into a political movement to combat inequality, warned that legislation due for a crucial Senate vote on Wednesday would subject Puerto Rico to Republican trickle-down economics and favor “vulture capitalists” at the expense of the island’s increasingly impoverished population.

default placeholder

Man arrested in Brazil for attempt to douse Olympic torch

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A man has been arrested for trying to extinguish the Olympic torch by throwing a bucket of water over it as it passed through his farming town of Maracaju in central Brazil, an officer at the local police station said yesterday.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: