TATT responds to court ruling

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 20:00

The following is the full TATT media release

The Court has denied WIN Communications Limited’s application for leave to file for judicial review against an alleged decision of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (the Authority) to not renew the concessions and related licences granted to Mohan Jaikaran (now deceased). This matter was before the Honourable Mr. Justice Vashiest Kokaram heard on February 25th, 2016 and judgment was delivered on February 26th 2016. The Authority is satisfied by the recognition of the Court that “the regulator is to ensure that like are treated alike, that policies are applied across the board, that making exceptions or refraining from exercising any of its duties under the Act must be consistent with the agreed telecommunications policy objectives.” Mohan Jaikaran operated a Free to Air TV station (WIN TV) and Free to Air Radio station (Masala Radio) and; since 2011, accumulated significant arrears in fees to the Authority prior to his passing. Arrears are still being accrued with the continued operation of WIN TV and Masala Radio. The Authority made numerous attempts to recover these fees but no reasonable settlements were proffered by WIN Communications to the Authority. Whilst the outcome of this court action taken by WIN Communications may be unfortunate for the audience of these stations, the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago shall continue to abide by the provisions of the Telecommunications Act Chap. 47:31 as recognised by the Court. The Authority was represented by Senior Counsel Deborah Peake and Junior Counsel Ravi Heffes-Doon who were instructed by Anthony Vieira and Natasha Bisram of Mair and Company. The claimants, WIN Communications, were represented by Senior Counsel Sophia Chote, Junior Counsel Anil Maraj instructed by Nesha Abiraj.