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Rainford heads to Judicial Review Court to challenge dismissal

Published:Friday | December 6, 2013 | 1:00 PM

The judicial review of the dismissal of former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Robert Rainford has been set for January 17, 2014.



Rainford was yesterday granted leave to go to the Judicial Review Court to challenge his dismissal.



The Supreme Court also extended the injunction barring the government from filling the post.



Rainford is arguing that his constitutional rights were breached when he was fired as permanent secretary.



Rainford was fired from his job on September 26 on the grounds that 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 his failed investment scheme.



But Rainford claims he did nothing wrong in bailing his long time friend Carlos Hill.



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.



Rainford, who is being represented by attorney-at-law Duane Thomas, says he was informed by the Governor General that the Public Service Commission had decided that he should be dismissed and that he would be given 14 days to file an appeal.



However, he says he was dismissed before the time expired.



He is also contending that the decision should be quashed as the composition of the disciplinary committee did not include members of the Commission.



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