Apr 30, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Letter to the Sports Editor…What does Raj Singh have to gain?
I read Raj Singh’s article in the Kaieteur News of Monday 22nd April, 2013 and the Stabroek News of Thursday 25th April, 2013 and feel compelled to respond since he continues to deliberately mislead the public.
On the day of Justice James Bovell Drakes’s ruling I was in court along with many others including Raj Singh and Anand Sanasie. Emily Dodson and Anil Nandlall represented the Bissoon/Harper faction and Roysdale Forde appeared for the Mangal/ Raj Singh/Sanasie faction.
Justice Bovell Drakes, after listening to all the arguments, stated that he was sending the matter to trial, and as a consequence made Mangal’s application for an injunction interlocutory.
Further, he restrained them from taking advantage of the injunctive relief given in the order.
On a query from Ms. Dodson, Justice Drakes explained that his order was just like an injunction on both sides. He then instructed Mr. Forde to advise his clients accordingly. Forde agreed.
On this basis Mr. Chetram Singh refused to accommodate Raj Singh’s participation at the illegal 2011 GCB elections where only the Essequibo Board and Black voted.
Despite this clear ruling Raj Singh continually disregarded this order and a number of other orders including the Chief Justice’s, and Justice Diane Insanally’s rulings.
It is mind boggling that Raj Singh, reportedly a successful Insurance businessman, who lives in both Guyana and Florida, and also reportedly conducts his business in both of his residential locations, would seek to be involved in such high level lawlessness.
Why is he exposing his integrity and credibility on a voluntary sports organisation in which he has no “grounding”? It is not known that he organises any cricket in Florida, and he certainly is not organising any cricket at the Club or association levels in Guyana.
It would be useful for Raj Singh to explain his contribution to the development process of cricket in Guyana or elsewhere, since he has staked his name and reputation on the line to be an executive of the GCB which is heading a Demerara Cricket Board.
Ironically, he seeks to condemn Roger Harper and Bissoondyal Singh whose track records for playing and administering cricket along with the development of young cricketers within their associations has been exemplary.
Any reasonable, rational, objective Guyanese could attest to the work they have done in the Georgetown and East Coast areas. Work which the Raj Singh/Sanasie-led group has hijacked and will eventually destroy.
Raj Singh has no time for order and development. His time is consumed in hostile takeovers of cricket boards, and forming private companies.
An investigation of the persons elected to the illegal GCB (and DCB whenever the “secret” is revealed) will reflect persons of the ilk of Raj Singh, cricket non-entities, who never did and cannot contribute anything meaningful to our cricket.
So again the question is what is Raj Singh’s motive? Certainly it cannot be for the love of cricket. There is no evidence to support this theory. There must be something else.
Maybe it is time our cricket administration be subjected to a thorough investigation, so that we may be able to ascertain, if the ‘Warner’ type illegalities “money in – money out” syndrome has engulfed our national game.
It would be indeed interesting to hear from Raj Singh what is so compelling, what is the motivating factor that drives him towards exposing his credibility and worthy achievements to a possible life long sentence of embarrassment.
Only Raj Singh can tell us.
Winston G Boston
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