The Commissioner of the Tax Administration Jamaica, Viralee Latibeaudiere, who was granted leave last week by the Supreme Court to challenge the termination of her employment, has returned the $12 million which was lodged to her account as settlement for the termination of her contract.
Attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman, who is representing Latibeaudiere, made an application for the respondents to furnish her with a bank account number so she could return the money.
Justice Bryan Sykes, in granting her leave last Friday to take her case to the Judicial Review Court, ordered the respondents to comply with her request for the bank account.
Wildman told The Gleaner yesterday that Latibeaudiere lodged the money on Monday.
The attorney described the injunction granted by Sykes for Latibeaudiere to remain on the job until the case is heard on October 29 and 30 as a landmark ruling. He said Latibeaudiere's case was the first case in which the Crown was subjected to injunctive orders.
Wildman said lawyers representing the defendants had applied to discharge the injunction against the agents of the Crown.
The injunction against the attorney general was lifted because the lawyers argued that it was not the attorney general's decision to terminate the contract. The injunction remains in place against the minister of finance, the financial secretary, and the Public Service Commission.
In February, Latibeaudiere was transferred to the Ministry of Finance and Planning, and the judge ruled that she should remain there until the matter has been decided.
Latibeaudiere is seeking to have the court declare that the finance minister is not empowered by law to terminate or otherwise interfere with her contract.
She wants the court to rule that the financial secretary is not empowered to terminate her contract of his own volition nor under the dictates of the finance minister.