[www.inewsguyana.com] – With recent startling revelations about the manner in which former Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Sugar Company (GuySuCo), Dr Rajendra Singh conducted business during his tenure, the Guyana Government may pursue a counter claim to a pending lawsuit.
Singh filed a lawsuit seeking proper compensation for his termination which would include lofty benefits. However simultaneously, reports indicate that the former CEO had engaged in major infractions including soliciting “favours” from an employee in exchange for a salary increase.
The Ministry of Agriculture in a three page document, dated August 19, revealed that Singh reportedly elicited favors from a female employee at Rose Hall Estate and allegedly rewarded her with a promotion and an increased remuneration.
The document also stated that he violated GuySuCo’s procurement procedure in the obtaining of equipment, spares and other items; breaching the Company’s disciplinary procedure after arbitrarily dismissing a number of employees.
The government claims that he ignored and condoned acts of a certain employee whose conduct warranted the institution of disciplinary measures, but instead the employee was shielded by the former CEO.
He is also accused of deviating from Cabinet’s decision with the unauthorized sale of 2.6792 acres of land at Plantation Good Hope, East Bank Demerara to an individual.
Asked about the lawsuit against the government on Friday, September 04, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon hinted at the possibility of a counter-claim being filed against Singh.
“When you have claims in civil matters you also have counter claims and sometimes the counter claims are bigger than the claim itself. So the former CEO could proceed in a manner that best suits him, just be assured that the State will respond in a firm manner,” said Harmon.
He pointed out that this may just be the tip of the ice-berg as the current Commission of Inquiry into GuySuCo is seeing a lot of startling information being put forward.
Singh was on contract for 5 years from May 2013, but was dismissed on June 03 by the APNU+AFC government.