Court orders Attorney General and Minister of Sport to return DEB Essential property
The High Court, in a session presided over by Judges Madam Dawn Gregory-Barnes and James Bovell-Drakes on April 10, has ordered Attorney General Anil Nandlall and Minister of Sport Dr. Frank Anthony, to return all property belonging to DEB Essentials Inc., the company formed by members of the previous Guyana Cricket Board as part of their commercial arm.
Anand Sanasie and Fizul Bacchus were the plaintiffs identified by the court documents as filing the motion to have the High Court force the government officials to return their property.
The Order stated, “…IT IS HEREBY ORDERED AND DIRECTED that the First and Second Named Respondents (Attorney General and Minister of Sport) do return and or deliver to D.E.B. ESSENTIAL ORGANISATION INC., at its registered office at Lots 221-222 Regent Road, Bourda, Georgetown, Demerara, Guyana, within 48 (Forty-Eight) hours of the service of this Order on the said First and Second Named Respondents:
(a) All Books, records, computers, computer hard drives, flash drives, and any other media whatsoever, computer records, cheque books, deposit books, accounting records, minutes of meetings, correspondence received, and copies of correspondence dispatched, used by or to or for the credit or use of the purported Guyana Cricket Board; and
(b) Any documents or records relating to any of the items as aforesaid or to any goods, chattels, cash, funds held in bank accounts, movable and immovable property whatsoever;…”
The parties are due to return to court on April 16 to deal with additional matters in this ongoing court battle between the officials of the former Guyana Cricket Board and the government.
Several members of the GCB, including President Ramsay Ali, resigned after recent action by government saw police searches of several members homes and offices being conducted, which served as the ‘last straw’ that resulted in the officials quitting in the bitter battle.
Several court matters over the past few months were highlighted by the locking of the GCB offices and subsequent cutting of the locks by the respective parties along with the formation of an IMC headed by Clive Lloyd, former legendary West Indies Captain, to run the game locally. Intervention by the WICB and several meetings between them and government along with CARICOM’s involvement as mediator also formed part of the saga.
The government had moved and seized documents and equipment in its effort to scrutinise the financial records of the GCB after accusations of financial misconduct were levelled. This order is the latest segment of the saga of claims and counter claims.
Despite all a Guyana team was still permitted and funded by the WICB to participate in the Regional 4-Day competition in the interest of the game and players.