Monday, March 5, 2012

GCB assets hijacked by private company owned executives

...This shocking state of affairs must, at a minimum, be of the greatest concern to the Guyanese public and the entire Caribbean region – AG Anil Nandlall

IN a shocking new twist in the ongoing saga of the embattled Guyana Cricket Board, it has been revealed that all properties which were once owned by the GCB are now owned, or ‘hijacked’ by a private limited company which is owned and controlled by certain executives of the GCB. Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Mr. Anil Nandlall said this state of affairs must, at a minimum, be of the greatest concern to the Guyanese public and the entire Caribbean region. “It is difficult to predict how the West Indies Cricket Board would react,” he said.
And in the ongoing legal proceedings which have been filed by Nandlall against thirteen (13) persons who purport to be officers of the GCB, the Attorney-at-Law for the Defendants, yesterday, filed an Affidavit in Answer to those proceedings.
This Affidavit was sworn by Anand Sanasie in which he deposes, under oath, for the first time, that on the 29th of August, 2011, that is, after the Honourable Chief Justice Ian Chang had pronounced, inter alia, that the Guyana Cricket Board has no legal persona, is a legal non-entity and the election of officers to that body cannot be recognised by the Court, a Resolution was passed by the Executive Committee of the Guyana Cricket Board, comprising the said thirteen (13) persons, to transfer all the assets of the Guyana Cricket Board over to a private limited liability company bearing the name D.E.B. Essential Organization Inc.
The said resolution was attached to the Court documents. Also attached, were the Certificate of Incorporation of this limited liability company and the incorporating documents, which disclosed the following:

Anand Sanasie and Fizul Bacchus are the incorporators of this company; and
Anand Sanasie is the company secretary;
Anand Sanasie is a director of the company;
Fizul Bacchus is a director of the company.

On the said 29th day of August, 2011, the following persons were also appointed directors:
Ramsay Ali, Alfred Mentore, Dru Bahadur, Anand Kalludeen, Colin Europe, Troy Mendonca, Terrence Holder, Rayon Griffith, Nazimul Drepaul,
Raj Singh, Sheikh Ahmad.

By a Deed of Transfer, executed by Chetram Singh and Lionel Jaikarran, as trustees of the Guyana Cricket Board, transferred to D.E.B. Essential Organization Inc., all assets and properties of the Guyana Cricket Board and further authorised D.E.B. Essential Organization Inc. to take the necessary legal steps to regularise ownership of the said properties.
These properties include: all office and other furniture, cricket gear, the LBI Hostel and Practice Facility, Anna Regina Hostel, the GNIC Practice Facility, GCB office, one minibus, the media centre at Bourda, Guyana Bank of Trade and Industry Account No. 1084826, Demerara Bank Account No. 400-7217, Bank of Nova Scotia Account Nos. 6717 and 7312, Republic Bank Account No. 650-556-4, New Building Society Account No. C1873.
“It must be emphasised that the aforesaid mentioned persons, as a grouping, have filed no less than five legal proceedings in which they have sworn a number of Affidavits under oath never disclosing to the Court anything in respect of the aforementioned matters,” the Attorney General posited.
Indeed, these Affidavits contain what appear to be numerous false assertions, that these very properties which are aforementioned are owned by the Guyana Cricket Board. These proceedings were filed by these persons in their purported capacity as officers of the Guyana Cricket Board.
Numerous public statements have been made by these persons over the last six months positively saying that the Government and the Minister of Sport are interfering with the assets of the Guyana Cricket Board.
“Well, since August, 2011, these assets have been owned by a private company which is owned by these very persons,” Nandlall said.
These documents, including the several affidavits, will be transmitted to the Police.

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