Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
Robert Rainford, who was fired last month as permanent secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, has taken Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and others to court over his dismissal.
Yesterday, Rainford obtained a 14-day injunction from the Supreme Court barring any attempt to fill the post.
Supreme Court judge, Lennox Campbell, granted the injunction yesterday against the governor general, the Public Service Commission, and the chief personnel officer in the Office of the Services Commission, the defendants in the suit.
Campbell granted the ex parte injunction after hearing submissions from attorney-at-law Duane Thomas that there were serious constitutional breaches arising from Rainford's dismissal. The injunction will remain in force until October 22 when it is expected that an application will be made to have it extended until the substantive claim is heard.
Rainford was fired from his job on September 26. He was informed that his job was being terminated because he had brought the public sector into disrepute by standing as surety for former Cash Plus boss, Carlos Hill, who is charged with fraudulently inducing persons to invest in the failed investment scheme, Cash Plus. The case is pending in the Home Circuit Court.
Rainford claims he did nothing wrong in bailing Hill, who was a long-time family friend.
Rainford was the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Justice in 2010 when he posted bail for Hill in the amount of $15 million.
The Office of the Trustee in Bankruptcy, which is seeking to recover money for Cash Plus depositors, operates under the Ministry of Justice.