?Caroni East MP Dr Tim Gopeesingh rushed off a letter yesterday to Attorney General John Jeremie, seeking answers to several questions, among them, whether there is a police investigation into the former chairman of the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (Udecott), Calder Hart.
Hart resigned on Saturday as executive chairman of Udecott as well as four other state boards, and flew out, with his wife and daughter, to Florida, where they are expected to spend the next four days. Gopeesingh reminded Jeremie that he had sent him another letter, dated October 26, 2009, requesting that the AG launch an immediate criminal investigation into allegations of corruption at Udecott and Hart. This request was made in light of the fact that as Attorney General, the Anti-Corruption Bureau falls under his purview, and therefore, the AG has the powers of investigation and recommendation for prosecution under this legal provision. Gopeesingh added:
"Suffice it to say, you disregarded the public interest and failed to respond to my request contained in the�letter that you confirm whether you would, indeed, have launched this investigation.
"I wish to point out that I had referred the same requests for the probe to both the acting Police Commissioner and the acting Director of Public Prosecutions. "The latter had informed me that he had sent the request to the Police Commissioner, given that a criminal probe was required in the matter.