DCB Legal Woes Continue

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Guyana Times
Guyana Times Staff

Six members of the Raj Singh faction of the Demerara Cricket Board may face contempt of court proceedings as the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) and East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB), have started the process of filing motions.

Guyana Times received a document from one of its sources that outlined some top brass members may 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.

This publication understands that the six contempt motions will be filed sometime in November.

The newspaper was also informed that efforts are being made to obtain the names of the other members acting on behalf of the DCB. According to an executive member of the ECCB, once the remaining names are obtained contempt of court motions will also be filed against those individuals.

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 Annual General Meeting, elections and  attending meetings, organising competitions, selecting teams, and/or holding themselves out to be and/or acting as members of the Demerara Cricket Board or authorizing and instructing the same to be done, in complete disrespect, disobedience and disregard of an injunction granted by the Honourable Justice Diane Insanally (in Chambers) on January 25.

That injunction was granted to plaintiffs Roger Harper and Davteerth Anandjit and the defendants named in that court document were Rajendra Singh, Lalta Digamber, Anand Sanasie, Alfred Mentore, Anand Kalladeen, Ravindranauth Persaud, Ronald Sarjoo, Nazimul Drepaul, Colin Europe, Ray Persaud, Krishnchand Mangal, Chetram Singh, Lionel Jaikaran, Ramsey Ali, Fizul Bacchus, Drubahadur, Troy Mendonca, Terrence Holder and Rayon Griffith.

The interim injunction had restrained the defendants “by themselves, their servants and or agents acting collectively or individually…from convening or causing to be convened or holding an Annual General Meeting of the Demerara Cricket Board on January 25, 2013 or any other date for the purpose of the election of office bearers to the Executive Committee of the Demerara Cricket Board for the period 2013 to 2015 term of office.”

Subsequently, the Raj Singh faction of the DCB held elections on January 25.

However, apart from the names mentioned in the application, a cloud of doubt continues to hover over the remaining members of the DCB.

The board’s head Raj Singh had told this publication recently that the decision not to release the names of the DCB is not a clandestine move to keep the public in the dark, but rather it is linked to several pending court cases.

The Raj Singh-led board has faced severe criticism about the non-disclosure of its elected officials. Observers have maintained that the elections were held so as to ensure that there was some amount of validity to Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) elections that were held two days after, and that there would have been a quorum to facilitate the local governing body’s elections.

The East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB) and Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) were not part of the DCB elections and have since pulled out of any commitments to the current DCB set-up that draws its support from the East and West Bank Demerara sub-associations.