Dismissed Central Bank Governor Jwala Rambarran was on Thursday granted leave by a High Court judge to file for judicial review after the Cabinet refused to disclose the reason(s) for his dismissal last December.
Justice Nadia Kangaloo delivered the oral ruling in Rambarran’s favour at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain, giving him until September 29, to file his judicial review case.
The application to file for judicial review came after several attempts were made by Rambarran through his attorneys between February and July to have the Cabinet, led by PM Dr Keith Rowley, provide information regarding the process and procedure followed before arriving at the decision to have his appointment revoked.
However, despite several letters from Rambarran’s attorneys requesting the information, none was forthcoming.
Rambarran’s attorneys had first written to President Anthony Carmona requesting the information but Carmona subsequently indicated that at the time of the dismissal he was not serving as president.
He pointed out Rambarran’s revocation was signed by Senate President Christine Kangaloo who was acting as president while he (Carmona) was away on vacation.
Based on this information, the attorneys then wrote to Kangaloo seeking the information but she responded that she had only acted on the advice of the Cabinet.
Rambarran then made an application under the Freedom of Information Act for access to information regarding the advice given by the Cabinet to Kangaloo to justify his removal. The Cabinet, however, refused to provide access to this information stating the records of the Cabinet were confidential and exempt from the Act.
It was only then that the application for judicial review was filed.
At the first hearing, the judge indicated to attorneys she is the sister-in-law of the Senate president and invited the parties to consider whether she should continue to hear the matter in light of this relationship as it could give rise to the perception of a conflict of interest.