Attorney at Law, Anil Nandlall, is calling for an investigation into the leak of Sleep-In’s casino license application which was in the custody of the Gaming Authority.
Almost a week ago, Nandlall accused the Gaming Authority of handing over the document to Attorney General, Basil Williams. This was after the application was filed as exhibits in three separate affidavits in three separate legal proceedings.
Following Nandlall’s public accusation, Chairman of the Gaming Authority, Roysdale Forde issued a statement that categorically stated that the Authority did not hand over the document to Williams and that the body is fully aware of its responsibility to be confidential.
Nandlall is now stating that if the Authority did not officially hand over the application to the Attorney General then Forde has a responsibility to investigate how the document was leaked.
“I acknowledge and indeed am grateful for Mr. Forde’s public recognition of the Gaming Authority’s obligations to keep confidential, information that has been submitted to it.
A careful reading of my letter to Mr. Forde and my comments on this issue published in the press will confirm that I did not “impinge on the integrity of the Gaming Authority”, as Mr. Forde asserts. All I did was to request an explanation from Mr. Forde of how documents submitted to the organisation of which he is the Chairman, have reached the hands of unauthorized strangers, to wit, the Guyana National Newspapers Limited, the Editor of the Chronicle Newspapers and the Attorney General. A request, which I am professionally obliged to make on behalf of my clients,” said Nandlall.
Nandlall continued, “Now that Mr. Forde has denied that the Authority ever made these disclosures, it is incumbent upon him to launch an investigation in respect of how these documents left the custody of the Gaming Authority, lest he himself exposes the integrity of Gaming Authority to the “impingement” to which he refers.
He must appreciate that in the circumstances a bare denial would not suffice.
The consummate professional that I know he is, I am sure that Mr. Forde is aware that a member the Authority is also a member of the board of directors of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited.
“I will be bold to suggest that maybe a direction in which the requested investigation should focus, at least as a start.”
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