Bar owners withdraw claim against State but still demand compensation

Bar owners withdraw claim against State but still demand compensation

The Barkeepers and Operators Association of T&T (BOATT), on Monday withdrew its judicial review matter against the Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh.

Anand Ramlogan, SC, the lead attorney for the group, indicated that since the latest regulations, which took effect on Sunday, reverted to the 10 pm closing time for bars, it would not be prudent to pursue declaratory relief on the judicial review claim.

However, Ramlogan indicated to Justice Avason Quinlan-Williams during the virtual hearing, that they would still be continuing with the constitutional aspects of the case, in which they are alleging that their constitutional rights were breached and are seeking compensation.

Senior Counsel Reginald Armour, who is leading the State’s legal team, pointed out that Ramlogan has another case before Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh, in which he (Ramlogan) is challenging the current public health regulations, albeit on different grounds.

Armour called on Justice Quinlan-Williams to have discussions with Boodoosingh on whether the cases should be joined or hear separately.

Ramlogan did not challenge Armour’s suggestion and the case was adjourned to Thursday.

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