Environmental Activist and leader of the Highway ReRoute Movement, Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh was this afternoon refused an injunction to halt construction of the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the project for the extension of the Solomon Hochoy Highway.
This is the third occasion in which Dr. Kublalsingh and his Highway Reroute Movement were refused injunctive relief from the Courts.
Dr. Kublalsingh continued his hunger on Monday- the fourth day since he began amid skepticism in some quarters. It’s a stance he has taken in a bid to have Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar agree to abide by what he terms her promise to put on hold and deal with the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the highway.
On Monday, the Court of Appeal heard the state’s legal team strenuously opposed the highway reroute movement’s application for an injunction pending the hearing and determination to the Privy Council.
The Attorney General’s legal team today argued in the Court of Appeal that none of the Appellants named in the application brought by Dr. Kublalsingh and others had evidentially demonstrated that they were directly affected by the highway or that there was any real and present or any impending threat to demolish their lands or structures. The State argued that works on the highway have long since commenced and that the Appellants had significantly delayed in bringing any application to the Court with the requisite promptitude as is required by law.
After citing legal authorities, the Court of Appeal upheld the submissions made on behalf of the Attorney General.