Retired Court of Appeal Justices Roger Hamel-Smith and Humphrey Stollmeyer, who sit on the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC), have found themselves in a legal wrangle over the constitutionality of their appointments.
In a pre-action protocol letter served on Chief Justice Ivor Archie yesterday, former attorney general Anand Ramlogan SC, acting on behalf of client Devant Maharaj, is questioning the constitutionality of the JLSC and the validity of the appointments of the two former judges, both over the age of 65, to the JLSC.
The reference made by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley that Opposition Senator attorney Gerald Ramdeen was a “person of great interest” to the State was in the context of an ongoing audit being conducted by the Attorney General’s office.
AG Faris Al-Rawi emphasised that neither his office nor that of the PM had the authority to probe anyone, adding that was the role of the police.
The Integrity Commission has cleared former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan of any wrong-doing, with regard to the purchase of two Range Rover vehicles.
A statement from the Integrity Commission reads:
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi says his decision to discontinue the legal proceedings against former Petrotrin chairman Malcolm Jones, was based on legal advice that was also available to former Attorneys-General Anand Ramlogan and Garvin Nicholas.
The AG is questioning why that some information was kept away from the legal team.
The following is the statement issued by the Office of the Attorney General on Wednesday evening:
The Heliconia Foundation has written a formal complaint to the Integrity Commission asking the watchdog body to investigate former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan in relation to employment practices at the Office of the Attorney General during his tenure.