Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Devant accuses Minister of 'trolling', refers matter to lawyers

Former transport minister Devant Maharaj has referred social media posts from a page supposedly belonging to Communications Minister Stuart Young to his lawyers.

Posts from the Facebook page allege that Maharaj has used a fake profile to spread misinformation about the salary he received for the roles he performs as a Minister and as a Member of Parliament. 

Accusing the former minister of spreading fake news and lies, the post, accompanied by a screenshot of the alleged fake profile used by Maharaj said the claims were the “latest attack by Devant Maharaj and his fake profile is yet another example of the UNC dishonest type of politics.”

Hitting back at the claims, Maharaj instead called on the Minister to focus his energies on more pressing issues including crime, the Tobago ferry and public sector retrenchment.

“I find it amazing that a Cabinet Minister, who is called the Minister of Everything, has the time to spend trolling on Facebook and to make such spurious comments. It is also informative that an attorney without checking the evidence to verify the truth has made such allegations.”

“I wish to urge Minister Stuart Young to focus his energies on issues such as the Tobago Ferry, Darryl Smith, Shamfa Cudjoe, Sportstt, YTEPP, Sandals, Marlene Mc Donald,  Imbert cell phone, property tax, high crime rates, massive retrenchment in the state sector, private schools closing, school bus payments, AV Drilling, Petrotrin, abandonment of procurement, subversion of the constitution etc.”

“As a result of these posts I have referred the matter to my attorneys for their review and consideration to ascertain if any appropriate legal action can be taken,” Maharaj said.

The former minister, however, challenged Young to prove his allegation as a fact.

 

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