DCB Factions To Return To Court

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

While cricket cannot be played on the field due to the in clement weather, it is being played in the courts. Yesterday Justice James Bovell Drakes ordered that the two factions of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) return to the high court on February 28.

This new predicament springs from a High Court order issued by Justice James Bovell Drakes prohibiting the Bissoondyal Singh faction of the DCB from performing any duties of the DCB. The injunction was filed by Krishnchand Mangal, in his capacity as secretary of the Raj Singh DCB faction, on February 10. The injunction restrains the defendants, their servants and/ or agents, or whomsoever, from acting, operating, performing, functioning and or discharging, in any manner whatsoever, any functions, duties or obligations of, or belonging to, the Demerara Cricket Board.

It also prevents the Bissoon Singh faction, in which the other defendants are Roger Harper, Pretipaul Jaigobin, Davteerth Anandjit, Samaroo Jailall, Edward Richmond, Nigel Bissu, Neil Barry, Shawn Massiah, Manoj Narayan, Claude Raphael and Ronal Williams, from holding themselves as office bearers of the DCB, whether in dividually and/ or jointly as the Executive Committee of the said DCB, until the hearing and determination of a summons returnable for Monday, February 14, at 09:15hrs.

However, at Monday’s hearing before Justice James Bovell Drakes, attorney for the Bissoondyal Singh DCB faction, Anil Nandlall, revealed to this publication that he, Mr. Fitz Peters and Ms. Emily Dotson entered an appearance for the respondents. Nandlall further mentioned that it is imperative that the matter be expedited and, as such, requested two days to file and serve an affidavit in response to the application made before the court.

Based on that request, attorney for the plaintiff Krishnchand Mangal, Roysdale Forde also requested two days leave to reply to the defendants’ affidavit. Justice James Bovell Drakes then ordered Nandlall to put his submission in writing before returning to court on February 28 for the commencement of oral arguments.

The Bissoondyal Singh faction had recently withdrawn their case in its entirety against the other DCB faction led by Raj Singh. Both factions claim to be the legally installed DCB and have commenced cricket-related planning for the game in Demerara.