High Court to rule on critical decision of President David Granger

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Cleon Webster

COME February 17, 2020, High Court Judge, Nareshwar Harnanan, is expected to rule in the challenge filed by Trinidad engineering and construction company Dipcon, quashing President David Granger’s decision to grant Jordan a respite from 21 days’ imprisonment.
Dipcon, the claimant, which lists Attorney General Basil Williams as the respondent, is seeking an order of certiorari.

The company is looking to secure the over US$2 million owed to it by government for road construction works, thus challenging the presidential respite granted to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who was liable to be held in criminal contempt for non-payment.
The Trinidad engineering and construction company wants any further order that the court deems just to grant as well as court costs against the respondents.

Justice Sewnarine-Beharry made the order on June 24, 2019, in the High Court which stemmed from a contempt motion filed on behalf of the company by Attorney-at-law Timothy Jonas in May 2019. The award to the company was first handed down by Justice of Appeal, Rishi Persaud, on October 21, 2015, and, while the government had challenged the award, Jonas moved to the court with contempt proceedings against Jordan.