Cricket IMC clears the air on CCJ ruling
The Interim Management Committee (IMC) installed by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport to manage national cricket on Wednesday stated that all the courts in Guyana dismissed the challenged brought against the setting-up of the said IMC.
Robin and Rajendra Singh, of the now disbanded Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) had contested the establishment of the IMC, which is headed by Clive Lloyd.
The IMC came out with its statement owing to what it said was misinformation being peddled in the public domain regarding the June 11, 2012 decision of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
According to the IMC, Robin and Rajendra Singh, purporting to represent the GCB, had approached the High Court in Guyana, ex-parte, seeking an order nisi to quash the decision of Minister Frank Anthony to establish the Interim Management Committee.
However, this application was dismissed by the Chief Justice (ag) Ian Chang SC, under Order 46 Rule 16 of the High Court Rules. The said applicants made a similar application to the Full Court of the High Court seeking the same order.
The Full Court, comprising Justice William Ramlal and Justice James Bovell-Drakes, dismissed that application. The case then went to the Court of Appeal, and that court did not rule in favour of the Singhs. They then approached the CCJ appealing the Court of Appeal’s decision.
The CCJ dismissed that appeal as well. In so doing, the CCJ ruled that the entire process which the applicants had employed to challenge the ruling of Chief Justice (ag) Mr. Ian Chang SC was wrong. The CCJ pointed them to what the CCJ considered to be the right process, that is, to appeal the CJ’s decision to the Court of Appeal.
“The CCJ ordered them to file an application to the Court of Appeal for an extension of time to appeal the Chief Justice’s (ag) decision as the time prescribed for doing so would have expired while they were pursuing the wrong procedure….In short, every Court in the judicial structure in Guyana, that is, from the High Court to the Caribbean Court of Justice, has dismissed the applications of Robin Singh and Rajendra Singh in this matter,” the IMC stated.