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Wayne Kublalsingh and members of the Highway Re-route Movement outside the San Fernando Supreme court yesterday.

A judge has rejected a request by Works Minister Rohan Sinanan to adjourn next Monday’s trial in which he is expected to be cross-examined by Highway Reroute Movement (HRM) leader Wayne Kublalsingh.

Sinanan made the request through his attorneys before Justice Ricky Rahim in the San Fernando Supreme Court who had last month set the trial date for Monday, February 17.

Sinanan had petitioned the court for an adjournment because he wanted an opportunity to retain the services of a senior counsel. Kublalsingh who is representing himself strongly opposed the request arguing that it was an abuse of power.

At the last hearing, the judge, who was re­cent­ly as­signed the mat­ter, was sur­prised that Kublals­ingh’s ap­pli­ca­tion for leave had not been dealt with hav­ing been filed al­most a year ago. He granted him leave and set the matter for trial.

Kublalsingh filed the claim last Feb­ru­ary af­ter he al­leged that Sinanan re­neged on a promise made dur­ing a meet­ing with HRM mem­bers to halt work on the con­tentious Debe to Mon De­sir seg­ment of the high­way, and con­sult with the HRM be­fore re­sum­ing any work in that sec­tion.

The mat­ter was ad­journed to Feb­ru­ary 17 when Kublals­ingh will be al­lowed to cross-ex­am­ine the min­is­ter and an­oth­er de­fence wit­ness Sharon Im­bert. The judge has, however, re­strict­ed his cross-ex­am­i­na­tion of the min­is­ter to 30 min­utes and 20 min­utes for the oth­er wit­ness.

Sinanan’s at­tor­ney will al­so have an op­por­tu­ni­ty to cross-ex­am­ine Kublals­ingh and his wit­ness­es. The par­ties will make their sub­mis­sions to the court the fol­low­ing day.

The minister is begin represented by attorney Kelisha Bello.