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Granger disregards court Ruling again

President David Granger has justified his decision to instruct the Police Service Commission (PSC) to halt promotions in spite of a court Ruling, which states that the move was in violation of the Constitution.

This is the second time the Head of State has undermined a Ruling of the High Court, with the first being when he described a Judgement by the Chief Justice, Roxanne George-Wiltshire as “her opinion”.

The High Court recently ruled that the Government acted unconstitutionally when Minister of State, Joseph Harmon ordered the PSC to put a hold on the police promotions.

However, Granger defended the Government’s decision, noting that he does not trust the press’ reportage of the high court case.

“The government of Guyana is deeply concerned about State security and we would have been failing in our duty if we ignored the warnings which came to us in a very direct manner that State security was being imperiled, it was being jeopardized by certain actions, so there was a question of necessity on the part of the government of Guyana and as I said, I’d like to iterate that we are respectful of the Honourable Chief Justice’s rulings and that we will examine carefully, the written ruling when it comes to us,” Granger argued.

The constitutional challenge against the matter was filed in the name of Mr. Rajendra Jaigobin, an Attorney-at-Law, by his Attorney and the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament (MP), Mr. Mohabir Anil Nandlall.

The court agreed with Mr. Jaigobin that the Commission, in the exercise of its functions, shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.

The Chief Justice had also expressed hope that the PSC did not act upon the unconstitutional letter.

The life of the PSC has since expired and the Governmeny is yet to install new commissioners.
Former Attorney General, Mr. Nandlall had expressed hope that the new commissioners will do the right thing and continue the work left off by the previous commission and that is to move forward with the promotions.

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