On Monday, former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, declared that his two cellphones are worth more than the law books that he took with him when he left office in 2015.
One day later, he has moved to the Courts to block the Legal Affairs Ministry or any of the state’s agents from seizing the same books.
Mr. Nandlall is seeking an interim injunction “preventing and/or restraining officers and/or agents of the State of Guyana from seizing, detaining and/or confiscating the property of the Applicant, that is, fourteen (14) Commonwealth Law Reports for the years 2013 to May, 2015.”
In his application to the Court, the Mr. Nandlall declared that he is the owner of fourteen (14) Commonwealth Law Reports for the years 2013 to May, 2015 and the said Commonwealth Law Reports were acquired by him during his tenure as Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana as a condition of his service.
He said he was informed recently by officers of the Special Organized Crime Unit that they intend to raid his home to seize and detain the said Commonwealth Law Reports which are the subject of the proceedings.
Nandlall believes such a move would breach his fundamental right not to be deprived of his property. The move to the court to block the seizure of the law books come just one day after Nandlall was questioned by agents of the Special Organised Crime Unit about the removal of the books from the Legal Affairs Ministry.
He maintains that the books belong to him, although they were paid for by the government, during his tenure as Attorney General.
Mr. Nandlall said he was a regular subscriber to the law reports and as a condition of taking on the job of Attorney General under the PPP government, he requested and got the then President to agree, for the Government to begin paying for the law books for him. He said when he left office, he took the books with him and informed the incoming Attorney General of the arrangement he had with former President, Donald Ramotar.
The Attorney General, Basil Williams, is of the view that since the law books were bought using state funds, they belong to the Government of Guyana and should have been left behind at the Legal Affairs Ministry when Nandlall left office.