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Controversial radio licence issue takes yet another twist – 29th May 2013

RUTH BALJITTelcor Broadcasting is linked to Minister of National Resources and the Environment Robert Persaud.

Documents seen by this Newscast indicate that the incorporator of the company is Ruth Baljit, the sister of Minister Persaud.

However, the signature on documents submitted to the Deeds Registry appear different than the one on Baljit’s New York Identification Card, which was also seen by this Newscast.

There are laws in Guyana which cover offences of this kind.

Baljit is a United States citizen, whose address is the Bronx, New York. Apart from Baljit, the other director of the company is Kamini Persaud, the niece of Jagdeo and also the wife of Minister Persaud.

Minister Persaud’s Permanent Secretary Omkar Lochan is the Company’s Secretary.

The licence to Telcor Broadcasting was among 11 radio licences granted by Former President Jagdeo the very month he left office – November 2011.

Others who Jagdeo granted five radio frequencies each to were his best friend, Dr. Ranjisinghi ‘Bobby’ Ramroop and the ruling party’s newspaper, the Mirror.

All the other licencees received one radio frequency each, including those who cannot afford to set up a radio station.

These licences were granted ahead of long-standing applicants such as Stabroek News, Kaieteur News, and broadcasters Enrico Woolford and the late Hugh Cholmondeley.

Jagdeo had signed an agreement with then Opposition Leader Robert Corbin in May 2003, saying that no broadcast licences would be issued until the new broadcasting legislation comes into effect.

However, Jagdeo went ahead and granted those new frequencies almost one year before the broadcasting act came into being. That Act came into existence at the end of August, 2012

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