Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Ajodha to answer aiding and abetting charges

A MAGISTRATE yesterday found that radio personality Hansley Ajodha had a case to answer on the charges of aiding and abetting a radio station to operate without a licence.

Yesterday San Fernando Senior Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan overruled the no-case submission made by Ajodha's attorney and said that he agreed with the prosecution's submissions.

In addition to the charge of allegedly helping Life Radio 99.5 FM Ltd to operate radio transmitting equipment and radio communication services without a licence from TATT, Ajodha faced charges in his capacity of Managing Director of 21st Century Arts and Entertainment Ltd.

It is alleged that he failed to pay the concession fees for 2007 to 2009 and failed to submit details of annual revenues and information required by the TATT relating to broadcasting services.

The company 21st Century Arts and Entertainment Ltd is charged with 11 offences and Ajodha with four offences.

He had pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Lawrence Cole, managing director of Life Radio 99.5 FM Ltd, is also before the court, and pleaded not guilty to the charges that the company provided broadcast services, radio transmitting equipment and radio communication services without licence and concessions, as required by TATT. These alleged offences occurred during the period February 23, 2006 and May 25 2009.

Life Radio and 21st Century are located along Naparima/Mayaro Road, Cocoyea, San Fernando.

At the next hearing, attorney Kevin Ratiram is expected to make his defence in the matters.

Ajodha is also being represented by attorney Imran Khan.

Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal is representing TATT along with attorney Sean Cazabon, instructed by Natasha Bisram. Rambachan adjourned the matters to May 22.