Business As Usual At GCB

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

Although the High Court has granted an interim injunction against the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) executive, a visit by this newspaper to the GCB’s office revealed that the GCB continues to function, regardless.

The main door of  the office was open and a canter truck bearing registration number GPP 1350, was removing a tarpaulin from the GCB’s storeroom. Efforts to contact both the President Drubahadur and Secretary Anand Sanasie proved futile.

Keith Foster, Anil Beharry, Hubern Evans, Julian Cambridge, Angela Haniff, Romash Munna and Shabeer Baksh of the Berbice Cricket Board, brought the action against the new executive body, which includes Drubahadur, Fizul Bacchus, Alfred Mentors, 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.

On April 14, Justice Sandra Kurtzious granted an order restraining the  GCB executive from performing functions on behalf of the entity. The Judge also restrained the executive from representing the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

However, the source told this publication that based on legal advice received, the board could continue to operate despite the interim injunction granted against the entity.

Based on the legal position we can operate, pending any further action may come our way,” the source said.

However, a legal professional in an invited comment on Friday indicated that once an injunction is infringed, the defendants named in that injunction will be in “contempt of court”; but the GCB source is contending that “from the legal advice they received, they will not be in contempt of court if they continue to function.

This publication understands that applicants for the injunction will be mulling contempt of court proceedings against the injuncted GCB members, once the injunction is breached.

If they continue to act, clearly they are forcing contempt of court proceedings to be filed against them. The disregard for law and order by itself disqualified them from being entrusted with the important responsibility of administering the affairs of cricket in this country,” one of the applicants revealed.

The court order restrains 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 GCB annual general meeting and election of office bearers were witnessed by two WICB officials; Conde Riley and Imran Khan attended the AGM as observers with Riley later pronouncing on the AGM and was quoted as saying he was satisfied with the process.

The elections were held with only Essequibo’s nine delegates participating. The Berbice Cricket Board 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.