Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, has indicated to the Cabinet that all of the police promotions which were done by Assistant Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine, will remain in place.
Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud has also been informed of the position of the government.
When Persaud returned from his 100 days of vacation leave, he wrote to the Administrative Department of the Force to revoke all of the promotions that were approved by Ramnarine.
Persaud’s position was that although he was on leave, he remained the substantive Police Commissioner and therefore he should have been the only one approving the promotions.
But that position did not enjoy the support of President Granger, who in a television interview indicated that the Acting Police Commissioner could not have been expected to sit on his hands and do nothing.
The situation brought about a major rift between the Top Cop and the Assistant Commissioner. Mr. Ramnarine has not commented on the situation.
At today’s post-Cabinet press briefing, State Minister Joe Harmon announced that the promotions will remain in place as the Public Security Minister had provided a legal opinion to support that position.