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‘We were never discourteous or disrespectful to Sattaur’ – GRA Chairman

Chairman of the Board of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Rawle Lucas has defended the manner in which the Authority moved to repossess state assets from Commissioner General Khurshid Sattaur.

The Governing body has been criticized by the Private Sector Commission (PSC) which claimed that the repossession of some electronic devices and other items from Sattaur was done without a warrant.

PSC said that action was an invasion of Sattaur's fundamental human rights.

"This searching of homes of officials of entities under investigation seems to have become common practice and we call upon President Granger to rein in what appears, from all accounts in the public domain, to be a show of excessive enthusiasm on the part of some persons," a release stated.

However Lucas when questioned by Demerara Waves on the issue stated that Sattaur invited the officials to retrieve the items and at no time did they act in a hostile manner.

"At no time did the staff of the GRA demonstrate any discourtesy or disrespect to Mr Sattaur…Sattaur offered the time for GRA staff to collect the property…at no time was there any confrontation," said Lucas.

He stated too that among the items repossessed included four of six vehicles that were utilized by the Commissioner General. The two remaining vehicles include a golf cart.

"We wanted to ensure that the property of the government was protected..that taxpayers data was protected…we were not interested in anything else but the taxpayer data," said Lucas.

  • Investor

    Six vehicles for one man? Are you kidding me!

    • Emile_Mervin

      This man had six state vehicles on top of the ‘refurbished one he imported’ after buying it as written-off by an insurance company? Why does he really need six vehicles, including a golf cart? Look, the negative history of this guy, as per newspaper accounts, renders him ineligible for any position of authority and influence in the coalition government.
      That said, I support all calls for the coalition to do whatever it is doing to protect the public interest, but within the confines of the law. The coalition runs the government, including arms of the government, and has a parliamentary majority, so there is no need for it to break laws or even bungle plans to do the people’s business.

      • Musa

        Shows how incompetent your guys are. If he had all this data at his home, didn’t he have enough time to transfer them to other devices that he could then hide away elsewhere?

    • Dharamkumar02

      My Good God this guy was living better than the President of the country. Six vehicles as the Head of the GRA, well I can take one vehicle and be the Head of GRA and do my job with ethics and professionalism. No fowl business or threats and exposure of people’s personal business.

  • Kaieteur_Canada

    Something not adding up…dots not connecting.

    Firstly, when Sattaur was told to go on leave to facilitate an audit, why was he allowed to leave the building with taxpayer data knowing that he cannot be trusted based on previous actions when he leaked info to jagdeo?

    Reading the article it seems as though Sattaur woke up one morning and decided to hand back the items without prompting…. further down it states “We wanted to make sure that the property of the government was protected… ” which one of these two are true because both cant be.

    • You are a keen reader !……many parts do seem conflicted.

  • ExPPP_Man

    All dem Coolie who vote for this dictatorship got blood on their hands

  • dezetante

    A GOLF CART? Guyanese taxpayers are also obligated to pay for the luxurious hobbies and distractions of prominent government officials?