Devant Maharaj has filed an injunction to restrain Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi from taking any action to destroy the Darryl Smith report which has been deemed unusable by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the AG.
This also after Smith’s Attorney Annabelle Sooklal demanded that all copies of the report into the payment of $150,000 to his former personal assistant after she was fired and alleged sexual harassment by not released to the public and destroyed.
In a letter to Al-Rawi on Friday, Smith’s attorney Annabelle Sooklal also accused the Prime Minister of giving the media misleading information and trying to diminish Smith’s claim of a breach of natural justice.
Mr. Maharaj responded in a letter to from his Attorney Che Dindial part of which reads as follows:
“In the circumstances, we have been instructed to make an application for an immediate injunction from the High Court to restrain the Attorney General and Prime Minister from destroying copies of the said report and for a copy to be immediately deposited with the court pending the hearing and determination of our client’s case.
It went on to state: “We send this letter to forewarn you of this application and to inquire whether you would be prepared to give an undertaking not to take any steps to destroy the said report until the court can complete its adjudication to determine whether it should order the government to disclose same. Naturally, if the report is destroyed before the court can give its decision, this will prejudice and compromise the administration of justice and undermine the integrity of the court,” the letter stated. We, therefore, ask that you indicate your position within 24 hours as a matter of urgency (that is to say, by 4 pm on Monday, November 4th 2019). Should we fail to hear from you, we shall assume that you are unwilling to give the requested undertaking and proceed to file our client’s application for urgent injunctive relief to restrain you from pre-empting the court and destroying the said report in a naked attempt to defeat our client’s rights under the Freedom of Information Act”.