The United National Congress (UNC) activist Ravi Balgobin Maharaj has been granted a lifeline in his bid to obtain documents related to Petrotrin's failed billion-dollar World Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) plant deal.
In a judgement delivered at the United Kingdom's Supreme Court in London, this morning, five Law Lords of the Privy Council ruled that a High Court Judge and the Court of Appeal were both wrong to dismiss Maharaj's lawsuit, over his failure to obtain the documents through a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Government is now free to resume work on the Cumuto Highway as the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council today dismissed the appeal by Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) against the award of the Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC) granted to the Ministry of Works.
The Privy Council’s written judgment will be delivered on 8 October, 2018.
The matter surrounds the granting of a Certificate of Environmental Clearance to the Ministry of Works and Transport in June 2017.
Chief Justice Ivor Archie is taking heart in today's ruling of the Privy Council, given that within the ruling, the Law Lords stated that the Law Association is in no position to make findings of fact that ware in any way binding upon the Chief Justice.
Archie issued the following statement on Thursday.
Chief Justice Ivor Archie has lost his case at the Privy Council, in which he had sought to stop the Law Association from inquiring into the allegations against him.
The Chief Justice had maintained that there was apparent bias, bad faith and procedural unfairness in the Law Association's investigation but failed to get the Court of Appeal to stop the Law Association from proceeding.
The following is the ruling of the Privy Council.
On CNC3's the Morning Brew Akash Samaroo spoke with Avory Sinanan SC about the Privy Council ruling between the CJ and the Law Association.
Mr Sinanan said if the CJ loses today it will cause him tremendous embarrassment. He said big men have to stand by the consequences of their actions.
No decision today in the matter between the Fishermen and Friends of the Sea and the Environmental Management Authority.
The matter surrounds the granting of a certificate of environmental clearance to the Ministry of Works And Transport in June 2017.
The C-E-C was granted for the establishment of a 5000-meter highway in the Sangre Grande area.
Fishermen And Friends of The Sea have stated that the E-M-A'S potion to grant the document to the ministry is “unreasonable, illegal, procedurally improper, irrational, null and void and of no effect.”
SIS has scored a legal victory over the National Gas Company (NGC) at the Privy Council.
The matter surrounds the case in which the NGC applied to freeze the assets of SIS.
Before the local court’s, the matter was argued that the government has the right to retrieve the monies owed to it for a breach of contract.
The company’s legal team said the state was not allowed to sell, mortgage or encumber the assets in any way.
NGC was expected to file for a case management hearing in which the issue of the asset would have been discussed.