Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith. AZP News/Azlan Mohammed
By Sue-Ann Wayow and Chantalé Fletcher
THE hearing of the application for an injunction by former police commissioner Gary Griffith to have the Police Service Commission (PolSC) have him return to work has been adjourned to Monday.
On Tuesday, Justice Ricky Rahim gave parties direction to file their respective affidavits.
Mere minutes before the application was to begin virtually, member of the PolSC Courtney McNish tendered his resignation to President Paula-Mae Weekes who accepted it.
The PolSC chaired by Bliss Seepersad also came under fire from Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Monday night. At a political meeting, Persad-Bissessar called on its members to resign regarding their handling of the selection process for a new commissioner of police.
Griffith’s three- year contract as top cop ended on August 17 and he was told by the commission to take administrative leave pending an investigation by retired Justice Stanley John into the firearms unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.
Griffith has applied for an injunction to declare null and void the decision of the PolSC to send him on administration leave.
That matter came up before Justice Rahim and was adjourned to Monday. The PolSC was given until Thursday to file its affidavit while Griffith has till Saturday to reply if necessary.
Griffith was represented by Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, SC, Jagdeo Singh, Larry Lalla, Alvin Ramroop, Michael Rooplal, and Kristy Mohan while Russell Martineau, SC, Deborah Peake, SC, Ravi Heffes-Doon, Dominique Martineau and Savitri Sookraj-Beharry appeared for the PolSC.
In another matter, the PolSC is also defending an injunction filed by former head of the Police Social and Welfare Association acting Senior Supt Anand Ramesar who was not selected in the interview stage of the recruitment process.
The injunction will stay in place until October 24, when High Court Judge Joan Charles will decide whether to discharge or extend it pending her final determination of the case.
And in a separate claim, social activist Ravi Balgobin Maharaj wants the court to interpret whether Griffith’s acting appointment was properly done.
His lawsuit came up for hearing before Justice Nadia Kangaloo on Tuesday morning and was adjourned to next Friday.