Justice For All Party leader and broadcaster CN Sharma has filed a constitutional suit against Attorney General Charles Ramson for statements purportedly made by President Bharrat Jagdeo at a recent news conference in relation to the ongoing carnal knowledge trial against him.
According to the writ filed by Sharma’s attorney Nigel Hughes, his client’s right to a fair hearing as guaranteed by the Constitution has been violated “by the making and publication of statements by His Excellency the President on the 22nd day of October, 2010 to the effect that the Prose-cution’s case against the Plaintiff was ‘foolproof’.”
Sharma’s team is seeking the discontinuation of the carnal knowledge trial against Sharma until the lawsuit has been determined.
The writ calls for a conservatory order restraining the Attorney General whether by himself, his servants and or agents “from conducting and or attempting to conduct the prosecution of the charges in case jackets 4431 of 2010, 7581 of 2010 and any other criminal matters related thereto or arising out of matters connected therewith.”
Sharma is also claiming damages in excess of $100,000 for the breach of his fundamental right to a fair hearing by the utterances of the president on the aforementioned date, the writ continued. Additionally, he is seeking in excess of $1 million in exemplary damages, costs, interest and any other order the court may deem just.