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Ministry's challenge to OCG set for July 27

Friday, July 13, 2012    

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THE Ministry of Transport and Works will have to wait until July 27 to argue for a Judicial Review of the Office of the Contractor General's (OCG) decision to probe activities of the recently appointed Independent Oversight Panel (IOP).

The IOP was set up by the Government earlier this year to oversee the pre-contract phase of three multimillion-dollar development projects.

The matter was set to be heard Tuesday before Justice Lennox Campbell, but was put off to facilitate the ministry's response to affidavits filed by the OCG.

The ministry is seeking Judicial Review of the contractor general's decision to monitor and investigate the IOP, which Cabinet set up in April to oversee the negotiation process of 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 request for information. If granted, the injunction will remain in place, pending the outcome of the application for Judicial Review.

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