The United States Embassy in Georgetown has revoked the visa of Supreme Court Registrar, Sita Ramlal. The revocation followed an investigation by the embassy into a case of forgery of documents purporting to represent the adoption of a female child.
A police source said that at the centre was an application for immigration purposes for a female said to be the adopted daughter of former Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force and Human Resources Manager of Bosai, Norman McLean.
The police said that the embassy reported that dates were changed to make the adoption papers appear to have been done before the actual date.
During the investigation by the embassy, staff attached to the Supreme Court Registry testified that Ms. Ramlal instructed them to make the changes in the records of the Supreme Court.
The embassy called in the local police when Mr. McLean approached them with the forged documents on Wednesday. He was detained.
McLean, who this newspaper understands also holds a United States of America passport, had filed for permanent residency in the United States on behalf of the adopted female.
Mr. McLean, who is also a former Deputy Commissioner of Police, was detained at the Criminal Investigations Department Headquarters, Eve Leary, and has since been put on station bail pending charges to be instituted by the embassy.
Late yesterday afternoon, Ms Ramlal was at the CID headquarters with her lawyer, Nigel Hughes.
Ms Ramlal, the Supreme Court Registrar, is the equivalent of a High Court judge.
At the time of her alleged involvement in the fraud, she was locked in a court battle challenging the Chancellor and the Judicial Service Commission for attempting to question her right to leave.
She had been forced to seek medical attention in the United States. She had another medical appointment in the States but with the visa revocation, that appointment can not be kept in the future.