May 05, 2013 News Comments Off on Alana Seebarran sues Miss India franchise holder
Former Miss India World Wide 2012 and Guyana’s first international beauty queen, Alana Seebarran, has sued the Miss India Worldwide Guyana Franchise, Chandini Ramnarine, and her sister Lucria Rambalak for $50M.
In papers obtained from the Supreme Court Registry, Georgetown, Seebarran is alleging that Chandini Ramnarine failed to discharge contractual and fiduciary duties owed to her. And, the claim against Rambalak, who was selected by her sister to be Miss India Guyana 2010, is for impersonation and “passing off”.
In November 2011, the beautiful Seebarran was crowned Ms Guyana India and captured the hearts of Guyanese with her breathtaking smile and killer catwalk. As anticipated, the next year in Suriname she copped the Miss India World Wide crown with her beauty, intelligence and talent.
Late last year, Seebarran accompanied by both Ramnarine and Rambalak, visited India satisfying part of her package as Miss India World Wide. There, Rambalak appeared in an interview by the Indian media in what portrayed her as answering questions in the capacity of Seebarran. It went viral on Youtube and attracted derogatory comments of Rambalak.
When contacted by this newspaper regarding this, Seebarran modestly declined to comment, but noted that she was hurt. Apparently, the relationship between her and the franchise holder soured. This was evident when Seebarran did not show-up to crown this year’s Miss India Guyana.
Unfortunately, things got worse. Seebarran received an email from Management of Miss India World Wide stating that she was not invited to crown her successor in Malaysia in late April.
According to Counsel for Alana Seebarran— Mr. Sanjeev Datadin and Charles S. Ramson— the claim against Rambalak is premised on a video in worldwide circulation on YouTube and it speaks for itself.
Asked whether the YouTube video was a clear case of a deliberate impersonation by Rambalak they only said “those are your words” but added that the impersonation did much to harm the goodwill and reputation of their client.
Datadin said, “Ramnarine did not discharge the contractual and fiduciary duties she owed to his client; she was obliged to act in the best interests of his client but had failed to discharge these obligations.”
This publication was unable to speak directly to Seebarran since Ramson said that the litigants ought not to speak to the press about matters which were pending in Court.
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