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Devant Maharaj

Social media activist and former United National Congress (UNC) government minister Devant Maharaj said he is no longer interested in pursuing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that requested information about the exemption policy, process and who applied.

In fact he said he will not be doing work for the UNC.

Maharaj had sent the FOIA back in July and Wednesday the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of National Security shut it down.

In a media release, PS Gary Joseph made it very clear that the information being sought was out of bounds.

“The document requested is exempt since its disclosure would involve the unreasonable disclosure of personal information of individuals,” Joseph said in the response.

Joseph also directed Maharaj that if “aggrieved” by the decision, he had three months to apply for a Judicial Review.

“You may also lodge a complaint in writing within 21 days from the date of the notice to the Office of the Ombudsman,” Joseph wrote.

But Maharaj, who was volunteering for the Opposition in July when he sent the request yesterday said he was no longer pursuing the matter.

“I am no longer interested in the UNC and the politics of drunks and deadbeats, pimps and prostitutes,” he said.

Maharaj and his lawyers had already drafted a copy of the Judicial Review document, which would now not be filed.

“There are 19 elected UNC MP’s paid to do a job with staff and resources to assist…I am no longer interested in doing their job,” Maharaj said.

Maharaj openly challenged Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar for the leadership of UNC during the party’s internal election on December 6.

He dropped out of the race before the day of the election but weeks before blasted Persad-Bissessar on social media and openly called for her to step down as leader.

According to Maharaj’s FOIA, he sought information on all applications submitted by persons or groups of persons who were granted approval to enter the country by the Minister of National Security as well as a list of people who were granted exemptions.

Maharaj was also provided with a detailed list of the criteria for selection which included persons with critical health issues, persons with newborns or young children and whether the State had the space to house them.