Mr Rajkumar was not the first lawyer admitted to practice in the High Court at Suddie

Dear Editor,

An RCA newscast last Friday night was incorrect in stating that history was created in Essequibo when attorney at-law, Haimraj B. Ramkumar who hails from Johanna Cecilia was admitted to the bar in the High Court at Suddie.

Reporter Shawn Marks on the TV station aired on Channel 8 stated that the new lawyer whose petition was presented by his uncle, Attorney-at-Law Leonard Dindyal, before Justice Brassington Reynolds last Wednesday was the first one admitted in the district. This is not so.

The first lawyer from the Essequibo County to be admitted to the bar there some years ago in the old high court building which has since been demolished was Miss Gertel Holder who belongs to Henrietta and who attended the Anna Regina Secondary school as it was then called.

I was assigned to do newspaper coverage on the historic event and I believe that there would be an administrative record in some section of the Supreme Court Registry in Georgetown to verify that this was in fact done.

Miss Holder’s petition was presented before Justice Lorris Ganpatsingh who reminisced that he was the first lawyer from Berbice to be admitted to the bar there and she did likewise for her county.

I have learnt since that Miss Holder is presently serving as a Magistrate in Grenada.

Many Essequibians like myself and others too do congratulate a son of the soil in lawyer Ragjumar for making us proud of his achievement.

Yours faithfully,

Baliram Persaud

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