Acting PS sues for libel

March 2, 1994

DOROTHY LEE SOOKDEO, acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning and Mobilisation, has filed a court action claiming damages for libel, against a Couva man.

  In a separate matter, Roger Yearwood, a civil engineer, has sued Bob Singh and Trinidad Engineering and Research Ltd, over the balance of some money owing on the Warden’s Road, Squatters Regulisation Project, which was completed in December 1992.

 Sookdeo who is also an attorney at law, claimed that Vishnudath Rooplal, of Main Road, Couva, had caused his attorney, Karen Boodhan, to write her (Sookdeo) a letter involving money indebtedness, to the amount of $17,772.92, on October 26, 1993.

Sookdeo who gave her address as No. 99 Frederick Street, Port of Spain, said that she is a stranger to Rooplal, and has no knowledge of him. Sookdeo further claimed that she at no time conducted any business transaction with the defendant, nor had she instructed any one to do so on her behalf.

  Sookdeo filed the libel summons on her own behalf, in the registry of the Port of Spain High Court, yesterday.

  The legal letter to Sookdeo also demanded an immediate settlement and the threat of further action by Roopal, if Sookdeo failed to comply with the instructions of the letter.

  Roopal’s letter also called on Sookdeo to pay the $100 cost of his attorney’s letter to her.

  Sookdeo said as a result of this, she has suffered traumatically.

  She claims damage, Cost and any further relief as the court may see fit.

  Yearwood’s claim is that Singh a director and manager of the company had contracted him to design an engineering project for warden’s Road, in August 1992.

  Yearwood claimed that the amount agreed upon was $20,000.

  However, while the project was on stream, Singh allegedly requested Yearwood to do additional but related work, outside of the agreed sum.

  An agreement was reached for Singh to pay Yearwood an extra $2,800., for the additional work, Yearwood claimed in his summons, which was filed in the registry of the Port of Spain High Court, yesterday, by attorney, Martin George.

  Yearwood said he was only paid $7,000 and Singh and the company refused to pay him the balance of $12,500 plus the additional $2,800, making it a total of $15,300.

 

Article taken from Newsday

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