Watson Duke summoned to PSA hearing as judge extends injunction

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Watson Duke summoned to PSA hearing as judge extends injunction

High Court judge Frank Seepersad on Monday rejected a request by attorneys representing the Public Services Association (PSA) to discharge the injunction which prevents them from accessing its assets.

Last Thursday, Seepersad granted the injunction during an emergency sitting, and during a virtual hearing Monday, he varied his order, saying it was “untenable” that the PSA had failed to comply with a court order.

The PSA is restrained from holding any general council meetings, except meetings regarding the issue of conducting section elections, and the court also restrained the association from accessing any of its accounts except for funds required to pay salaries or election expenses.

Seepersad reminded them that court orders were mandatory and he would not permit disregard for the rule of law.
This after he pointed out that the order of Justice Devindra Rampersad that the PSA hold section elections had not been complied with since February 2020.

The judge said the absence of section elections meant the general council was not a fully elected body and therefore has to be restrained from decision-making.

He also summoned former president Watson Duke to attend the next hearing on Wednesday.