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Probers seize documents at South Licensing
Forensic investigators have seized documents from the San Fernando Licensing Office as their probe into corruption continues. Transport Minister Chandresh Sharma confirmed yesterday that documents were seized at the department’s Pleasantville offices. He was speaking to reporters at the final leg of his tour of San Fernando facilities under his portfolio. Sharma said the seizure of the documents was indicative of the ongoing probe. “The fact that they did that (seized the documents) this week, and I am the minister this week, means that it is an ongoing thing to inquire into, investigate into any fracture of the law,” he said. “As a government minister, I have taken an oath of office to make sure that happens, since there must be due process.” The minister indicated that if anyone is found guilty of wrongdoing, they will be removed, even if it involves senior officers in charge of the Licensing Office. He lamented however, that “everything is not going to change overnight.”
The minister did not disclose what information the documents contained or why they were seized. The T&T Guardian understands that forensic investigators went to the Licensing Office on Friday and seized the documents.
Sharma said he visited the office at the request of the Transport Commissioner. He said licensing is almost an essential service and he and his team will look at all areas for improvement. Sharma said he has been engaging in discussions with his staff to determine how much money can be allocated in the short term to begin remedial work. The minister said consideration is being given to rebuilding the entire facility and temporarily relocating staff. He said, however, the Transport Commissioner and officers may have a different view, since they may want to stay and build at the same time. “We are going to explore all options,” Sharma said.
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