Legal battle for City Town Clerk continues
The courtroom was packed as the mayor and councilors and other concerned citizens gathered to listen to the proceeding in the Sooba vs King matter.
When the matter was called this morning in the appeal court Forde in making his submission cited three grounds for the stay of execution of chief justice Ian Chang’s ruling.
He told the court that Sooba‘s status quo; irreparable damage and making the appeal null are his grounds for moving to the court.
Attorney – at –Law Nigel Hughes who is representing Royston king in this matter made it clear in his submission that Sooba has no right to the office of town clerk in her capacity. He said contrary to what was said by Forde that Sooba could face irreparable harm, she would not be unemployed in any case.
Forde pointed to the steps taken to deny Sooba from performing her duty as town clerk. Forde moved back to the court and had the council’s decision to appoint Royston King as town clerk squashed.
Chief justice Ian Chang ruled that former Minister Ganga Persaud had no authority to appoint any Local Government officer earning above a certain salary and the position of Town Clerk fell within that bracket.
The CJ added that Sooba could remain in the Town Clerk position as a de facto (not legally bound) officer since the hiring body the Local Government Commission was not in place.
After the hearing Forde spoke to members of the media.
Sooba while leaving the court in the presence of her bodyguard Shawn Hinds told the media that her staff was paid.