Sir Anthony Colman has cancelled today's scheduled sitting of the commission of enquiry into the collapse of CL Financial and the Hindu Credit Union (HCU), in order to "exercise" his "powers" against former HCU financial consultant Jameel Ali.
Ali has not responded to a subpoena issued by the enquiry.
In July, Colman signalled his intention to deal with Ali and two other witnesses for failure to respond to subpoenas. Dr Ammiel Arra, the physician who diagnosed Ali with pneumonia, appeared at the enquiry in July and testified about the diagnosis and treatment he recommended.
Ali has, however, been seen moving about and conducting business. He was scheduled to appear at the enquiry on Monday to respond to the subpoena.
Ali has not appeared.
Former HCU chief executive officer Ravindra Bachan, former HCU chief financial officer Gawtam Ramnanan and former HCU treasurer Yadwanath Lalchan have also failed to appear before the commission.
Colman has now ruled that because they have not presented themselves for cross-examination, the commission is going to admit into evidence all the material that would have been put to them.
The HCU portion of the enquiry has now prematurely ended.
The portion of the enquiry focussing on CL Financial will resume tomorrow.
Jamaica-born Queen's Counsel Vincent Nelson is expected to make his first appearance for the Ministry of Finance tomorrow.