Attorney Russell Martineau, SC, has called on a San Fernando
High Court judge to strike out four paragraphs in Siparia
MP Chandresh Sharmas second judicial review against
the Integrity Commission, saying they were hearsay.
He told San Fernando Third Civil Court judge Peter Jamadar
that the passage should not have been in Sharmas action
because it was hearsay evidence and consisted of Sharmas
Martineau made the submission yesterday, at the start of
the hearing of Sharmas judicial review.
The review, which was filed by attorney Anand Ramlogan,
is challenging the commissions refusal to disclose
the names of people who failed to file declarations of income,
assets and liabilities for 2003 before the August 15 deadline.
Yesterday, Sharmas attorneys, Dr Fenton Ramsahoye,
QC, and Ramlogan, countered Martineaus argument, saying
the evidence was relevant to the matter.
Ramsahoye contended that Sharma was entitled to give his
opinion as a sitting MP.
is part of his business. He is there to gather this information,
Jamadhar reserved his judgment on Martineaus submission
to have the paragraphs struck out.
He said he would give his decision today, when the hearing
was expected to end. Sharma claims that the commission,
in a letter dated October 13, refused to comply with his
request for the list of people who are to make declarations
and those who have not made any.
This request was made under the Freedom of Information Act
In his affidavit, Sharma said he wrote to the commission
on September 14 seeking the information.
The commission said it could not furnish him with the information
under the FOIA Act.
Sharma claims the decision is illegal, and he is seeking
an order quashing the commissions refusal to release
He wants the court to direct the commission to provide him
with the information, to which he is entitled in accordance
with the FOIA.