Privy council

Pundit Maraj: “Sat Maharaj was a constitutional hero…”

The former president of the Maha Sabha’s Pandits Parishad, Pandit Bhadase Seetahal Maraj, has described the late Secretary General of the Maha Sabha, Sat Maharaj, as a constitutional hero.

In an official statement in which he recounts Mr Maharaj’s major achievements, Pundit Maraj describes him as “a doer”, who had a sense of “fair play”, and “never wanted the Hindu community to receive more than its appropriate share of national resources”.

The full text of his statement, follows…

Privy Council rules for release of WGTL documents

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. 

Gov't free to restart Cumuto highway as Privy Council dismisses FFOS appeal

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 sees positive in Privy Council ruling

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 loses at Privy Council

 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.

Privy Council decision between FFOS and EMA deferred

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.”