Almost a week after facing corruption-related charges, former attorney general Anand Ramlogan SC and Gerald Ramdeen were in the San Fernando Supreme Court on Friday representing Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal in his constitutional claim against the Privileges Committee.
Expressing confidence in his attorneys, Moonilal said he was not fazed by their legal troubles.
“I’m happy to report that both my attorneys are available today and in the court battling and I must as a human nature single out and compliment Anand Ramlogan and Gerald Ramdeen who notwithstanding their very recent troubles have both appeared this morning in court and continue to make very, very strong submissions to the court on my behalf and on behalf of constituents of Oropouche.
“I think it speaks tremendously to their own character and mental and physical toughness that they are back to work in the courthouse and conducting this case in a very vociferous manner.”
Moonilal is challenging the Privileges Committee on the grounds that his constitutional rights were violated. The MP was referred to the Committee as a result of a statement he made during cross-talk with Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds in Parliament last October.
He is claiming that his constitutional rights were violated because the Speaker was biased in her ruling based on comments she made. He is contending that it was unfair for her to sit as the chairman of the Committee to hear the allegation against him. After the claim was filed an undertaking was given by the Speaker that the Committee will not convene to deal with the allegation against Moonilal.
However, the Speaker has since withdrawn that undertaking.
The presiding judge, Justice Jacqueline Wilson-King, however, noted that if any moves were made against Moonilal while the matter is before the court, his application for an injunction could be reactivated.
Moonilal’s attorneys made several evidential objections on Friday and the judge reserved her ruling.
Moonilal's legal team also includes attorneys Vishal Seusaran and Asha Harripaul.
The Attorney General is being represented by attorneys Douglas Mendes SC, Michael Quamina, instructed by Kendra Mark while the Speaker is represented by Deborah Peake SC and Ravi Heffes-Doon. The parties were given instructions to file submissions and the matters as adjourned to July 9.
Ramlogan and Ramdeen are charged with three conspiracy offences related to an alleged legal fees kickback scam. Ramlogan is on $1.2 million bail while Ramdeen is on $1.5 million in bail. They are expected to reappear in the Port of Spain Magistrates' Court on June 28.