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Documents show Lotto as owner of controversial land in the city

THE NEW TODAY has seen documents which seemed to suggest that Crown lands vested in the Grenada National Lottery Authority (GNLA) on St John’s Street has now been “illegally” sold by a private individual to an Indian businessman.

The National Lottery was written to in January 2012 by then Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports and Culture Veda Bruno-Victor about a Cabinet Conclusion which vested 849 sq .ft of State lands to the state body in the area.

GNLA made a request for the land to build its head office in the town close to the Bus Terminus.

The document shows a plan for the 849 sq. ft of land which was surveyed on February 4, 2011 by Licensed Surveyor Denis Thomas at the request of the Government of Grenada.

Less than 10 years later, a private individual living close to the land, with the assistance of an attorney-at-law was able to make a successful application before the High Court to acquire the land under the Possessory Title act.

The purchaser reportedly paid EC$2.2 million for the plot of land on St John’s Street.

The National Lottery is said to be seeking to exercise its right to control of the land that was vested to it by the Crown.

The issue about the “illegality” of the transaction surfaced when the businessman allegedly attempted to sell the land to another of his colleagues and ran into problems with Title Deeds.

As a public service, THE NEW TODAY has decided to reproduce in full the details of the transaction of the controversial plot of land from the Crown to GNLA.

The letter that was written on January 21, 2021 and signed by then PS Veda Bruno-Victor informing National Lottery Authority about the plot of land on St John’s Street
The plan that was attached to the letter, which was obtained by this newspaper

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