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Court papers cite trail of texts between Moonilal, others

Published: 
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Roodal Moonilal

Court documents filed by Government in the case against five contractors—where former PP Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal was named—detail a trail of text messages allegedly among Moonilal, former Estate Management and Business Development Company (EMBD) officials and others.

Government recently filed court claims against the five contractors for alleged cartel arrangements and attempt to defraud. Claims relate to $200 million in work described as “worthless” and of “no value”. Contractors named are TN Ramnauth and Company Limited, Mootilal Ramhit and Sons Contracting Limited, Kall Company Limited, Namalco Construction Services Limited, and Fides Limited. They have denied the claims.

Minister in the Office of the Attorney General Stuart Young said the claims support a conclusion of alleged “bid-rigging, collusion, conspiracy and cartel behaviour for over-inflated contracts” allegedly among the five “with the support of” Moonilal, former EMBD CEO Gary Parmassar and former EMBD Divisional Manager, Madho Balroop”.

Alleged text message exchanges are on social media activist Rhoda Barrat’s Facebook site.

Court document excerpts detail trails of alleged text messages among Moonilal and several others.

Asked yesterday about the texts detailed (including over 2014 to 2015), Moonilal reiterated, “It’s cut and paste. It’s not a screen shot from phones or a full outline. The missing pieces from this which were left out, will be in my favour. There must be a full printout from a computer server.

“Unauthenticated by a service provider, it can’t stand evidential value beyond mauvais langue. They defeated their case by typing out texts— it’s not judicially sustainable. Daily, the media asked me, ‘Are you being served’ with anything and I haven’t been.”

Government yesterday stood by the claim, stressing a forensic audit was done on the matter and it was not “any cut and paste” issue.