PAN TRINBAGO was yesterday ordered by a High Court judge to pay $10,000 to two steelband members who were seeking positions on the committee of the governing body for pan and steelband music.
Justice Ricky Rahim in the San Fernando High Court also ruled that Keith Simpson of St James Tripolians Steel Orchestra, and Denise LJ Hernandez of Neal and Massy All Stars, were eligible candidates for election to the office of the Central
Executive Committee of Pan Trinbago.
The election was scheduled for October 28 but Simpson and Hernandez, as well as Maurice Alexander and Steadson Jack of Pan Elders, filed a lawsuit after their nominations to the elections for a new executive were turned down.
The four claimants, through Senior Counsel Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, filed for judicial review challenging the decision, and sought an injunction which stopped the elections.
During the hearing, Justice Rahim heard evidence from former Pan Trinbago president Patrick Arnold.
On December 14 and 21 legal submissions were made to the judge.
In his ruling delivered yesterday, Justice Rahim did not find Alexander and Jack were eligible candidates, and dismissed their claims.
The judge ordered that they pay $14,000 in costs to Pan Trinbago.
Pan Trinbago was also ordered to pay $14,000 in costs to Simpson and Hernandez.