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Judgement reserved in Transport Ministry’s challenge to OCG

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/Court Desk co-ordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, July 27, 2012 | 3:59 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Transport and Works will know at a later date if it will be given the green light to challenge the Office of the Contractor General's powers to probe the activities of the recently appointed Independent Oversight Panel (IOP).

Justice Lennox Campbell this afternoon reserved judgment in the Supreme Court on an application by the works ministry seeking Judicial Review of the OCG's decision to monitor and probe the panel's activities.

Judgement was reserved following arguments by attorneys from the Attorney General's Chambers and lawyers for the OCG.

The IOP was set up by the Government earlier this year to oversee the pre-contract phase of three multimillion-dollar development projects — the North-South Toll Highway, the Fort Augusta Port project and the Gordon Cay expansion.

The ministry is also seeking an interlocutory injunction restraining the contractor general from continuing to monitor and investigate the activities of the panel and from taking steps against the members of the panel for failure to comply with requests for information, pending the Judicial Review, if granted.

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