BCB To File Contempt Action

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

Members of the defunct Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) may face contempt of court proceedings as the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) plans to initiate these actions today.

Guyana Times received a document from one of its sources that outlined that the members will have these motions filed against them, especially since the source contended that the current body continues to flout an earlier court order that debarred them from functioning in their respective capacities.

Meanwhile, based on the document seen by this publication, the applicants will be seeking to have the respondents committed to the Georgetown Prison for contempt of court for holding themselves out to be and/or acting as members of the GCB or authorizing and instructing the same to be done, in complete disrespect, disobedience and disregard of an injunction granted by the Honourable Justice Sandra Kurtzious (in Chambers) on April 14.

The Judge had also restrained the executives from representing the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

That injunction was granted to plaintiffs Keith Foster, Anil Beharry, Hubern Evans, Julian Cambridge, Angela Haniff, Romash Munna and Shabeer Baksh of the Berbice Cricket Board and the defendants named in that court document were Drubahadur, Fizul Bacchus, Alfred Mentore, Anand Sanasie, Virendra Chintamanie, Anand Kalladeen, Rajesh Singh, Rajendra Singh, Colin Europe, Andy Ramnarine, Lalta Digamber, Ramdeo Kumar, Rayon Griffith, Nazimul Drepaul and Savitri Persaud.

The interim injunction had restrained the defendants “by themselves, their servants and/or agents and each and every one of them from holding out themselves as officers or representatives of the GCB or in any manner whatsoever acting on behalf of, or for, or as the GCB or performing any functions in relation thereto.”

The order also states: “A declaration that the purported meeting held by the defendants on January 27, 2013 at the Georgetown Cricket Club pavilion purporting to be the Annual General Meeting of the GCB is null, void and of no legal [effect], inasmuch as the said meeting and elections were held in breach of the constitution of the GCB.

More so, the order issued indicated that, “A declaration that the purported meeting and election of the office holders held by the defendants on January 27, 2013, at the Georgetown Cricket Club pavilion purporting to be the Annual General Meeting of the GCB is null, void and of no legal[effect]”.

The elections were held with only Essequibo’s nine delegates participating. The BCB did not participate, while the Demerara Cricket Board was restrained from operating.

According to the GCB constitution, officials had mulled no less than two boards can conduct the elections and 14 of the 27 delegates were needed to convene a meeting and elections.

The matter was put before the court after many cricket officials had deemed the January 27 elections of the GCB unconstitutional and fraught with controversy.

Meanwhile, a visit by this newspaper to the GCB’s office had revealed that the GCB continues to function, regardless. The main door of the office was open and staff members were seen carrying out the day-to-day affairs of the now defunct body.