DCB Secrecy Necessary

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

The decision not to release the names of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) is not a clandestine move to keep the public in the dark, but rather it is linked to several pending court cases, according to the board’s head Raj Singh.

This disclosure was made on Monday by Raj Singh, after he was questioned by this publication on the matter.

The Raj Singh-led board has faced severe criticism about the non-disclosure of its elected officials.

Meanwhile, a source told this publication on Monday that the Raj Singh faction may not want to release the names and positions of the DCB office bearers, as they “may have flouted the order of the high court”.

According to the source, if those names are released, the persons acting on behalf of the DCB may find themselves in contempt of court.

The Raj Singh faction of the DCB held elections on January 25 this year, but not everyone has given credence to the result, due to an apparent power struggle that has clouded Demerra cricket for about three years running.

Eventually, a High Court ruling prohibited both factions from acting on behalf of the entity after they had held separate elections back in January 2010.

The Bissoondyal Singh faction has so far abided by that ruling. However, in January this year, the Raj Singh faction proceeded with elections, despite another injunction that was served hours prior to the elections.

Observers have maintained that the elections were held so as to ensure that there was some amount of validity to Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) elections that were held two days after, and that there would have been a quorum to facilitate the local governing body’s elections.

The East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB) and Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) were not part of the DCB elections and have since pulled out of any commitments to the current DCB set-up that draws its support from the East and West Bank Demerara sub-associations.

The injunction was granted to plaintiffs Roger Harper and Davteerth Anandjit and the defendants named in the court document were Rajendra Singh, Lalta Digamber, Anand Sanasie, Alfred Mentore, Anand Kalladeen, Ravindranauth Persaud, Ronald Sarjoo, Nazimul Drepaul, Colin Europe, Ray Persaud, Krishnchand Mangal, Chetram Singh, Lionel Jaikaran, Ramsey Ali, Fizul Bacchus, Drubahadur, Troy Mendonca, Terrence Holder and Rayon Griffith.

The interim injunction had restrained the defendants “by themselves, their servants and or agents acting collectively or individually…from convening or causing to be convened or holding an Annual General Meeting of the Demerara Cricket Board on January 25, 2013 or any other date for the purpose of the election of office bearers to the Executive Committee of the Demerara Cricket Board for the period 2013 to 2015 term of office.”