Bid to block Petrotrin sale

A CONSTITUTIONAL claim has been filed against the failure of Finance Minister Colm Imbert in his capacity as chairman of the Joint Select Committee (JSC) on Energy Affairs to convene a meeting of the JSC for close to two years.

As part of the constitutional motion, attorney and former United National Congress (UNC) senator Wayne Sturge is seeking to have the court grant an injunction preventing Government from making any further decisions regarding the sale of the Petrotrin refinery until the matter is heard and determined.

Attorney Gerald Ramdeen yesterday filed the action at the Port of Spain High Court, claiming that the failure to hold a meeting of the JSC on Energy Affairs over the past 20 months has had the intent and effect of preventing Parliament from holding the government and the executive, in particular politically, to account when the government and the executive are taking decisions that will have irreversible impacts upon the country and its citizens.