Ashni Singh was not drunk says Attorney General
Three days after the Minister of Finance Dr Ashni Singh slammed into a taxi and left the scene of the accident without rendering assistance, the Attorney General is only now denying claims that the Minister was drunk or under the influence of alcohol.
The Attorney General rejected claims that the Minister was intoxicated and failed to submit himself to a breathalyser test. Nandlall said his colleague Minister was not invited to take a breathalyser test by anyone and that the occasion to do so did not present itself.
Legal minds are up in arms against a reported decision by the attorney general to represent his colleague minister Ashni Singh in the accident case. The attorney general in a statement to the press said that without prejudice to the rights of all parties to seek legal recourse, he met with the driver, the owner of the vehicle and the passenger with a view of exploring the possibility of bringing the matter to an amicable end. The statement added that matter was duly reported to the police and is being investigated.
Attorney at law Moses Nagamotoo who is also a member of parliament said the minister is stepping out of his mandate by getting involved in a private matter.
He said as far as he understands the government is not involved in the case.
The outspoken politician said he is not surprised that the police have not brought charges against the minister.
The attorney general is the principal legal advisor to the government and the main opposition APNU has also said that the Attorney General should not have inserted himself into the case and that the Minister of Finance should be made to face the arm of the law.