Davteerth Anandjit, president of the East Coast Umpires Association is claiming that he never signed a document which was submitted to the Parliamentary Special Select Committee with respect to the Guyana Cricket Administration Bill 2012.
On December 20 last year, the National Assembly of Parliament established a Special Select Committee to review the Guyana Cricket Administration Bill 2012 – Bill No. 31 of 2012 a bill which bill seeks to make provision for the incorporation of autonomous cricket organizations in Guyana.
Ananadjit said that the document which was submitted by Raj Singh is erroneous on three accounts.
Firstly, he said, it lists him as a vice president of the East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB). Secondly, the telephone number alongside his name is not his and thirdly, he was never chairman of the competitions committee of the ECCB under Bissoondyal Singh.
Anandjit said he subsequently dispatched a letter to Clerk of the National Assembly Sherlock Isaacs asking him to look into the matter.
“I categorically state that I never signed the document that purports to be a Hand-In-Hand sponsored fixture for the ECCB and that the signature affixed is not mine,” he wrote.
Anandjit also stated that he was never appointed competitions committee chairman under the leadership of Bissoondyal Singh as stated in the letter and that he was never a vice president of the ECCB under President Bissoondyal Singh.
“Clearly this document was created with a forged letterhead purporting to be the East Coast Cricket Board so are its contents and signature,” Anandjit wrote.
He is of the opinion that the document was “deliberately concocted and submitted to mislead the Parliamentary Special Select Committee,” and requested an investigation be launched with the aim of bringing the perpetrator to justice.
Following Anandjit’s letter, Isaacs wrote Commissioner of Police, Leroy Brummel on May 20 with respect to the alleged forged document.
“The Special Select Committee, by way of public advertisements, in the Kaieteur News and Stabroek News newspapers between Wednesday, 16th January, 2013 to Wednesday, 13”’ February, 2013, invited members of the public, professional individuals and organizations to submit their views on the Bill,” wrote Isaacs.
“The Special Select Committee subsequently met with one faction of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and requested its views on the allocations of votes to the Demerara Cricket Board.
“On Friday, 26th April, 2013, Isaacs received a submission from Raj Singh which consisted of, among other things, a document from the East Coast Cricket Board purported to be signed by Anandjit, chairman of the competitions committee
Isaacs said on May 16 he received Anandjit’s letter disclaiming that he signed the document with the East Coast Cricket Board letterhead which was submitted to the committee by Raj Singh.
“I am of the belief that the forging of someone’s signature and the falsification of a document, if found to be true, are crimes which are punishable by law.
“In view of the foregoing, I am hereby requesting that the alleged forging of Mr. Anandjit’s signature be investigated by the Police with a view to instituting charges against the alleged perpetrator, if permitted by law,” suggested Isaacs.