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Court hearing Robert Rainford's claim against the Governor General

Published:Wednesday | May 14, 2014 | 12:24 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Supreme Court judge David Batts is now hearing legal submissions on the claim brought by permanent secretary Robert Rainford against the Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, over his 2013 dismissal.




Attorney-at-law Douglas Leys, who is representing Rainford is making submissions.



Rainford took the Governor General, the Public Service Commission and the chief personnel officer in the Office of the Services Commission to court last October over his dismissal as permanent secretary in the Local Government and Community Development Ministry.



The Public Service Commission fired Robert Rainford from the position on September 26 last year, following a revelation that he posted bail for former Cash Plus boss, Carlos Hill, in 2010.



He was informed that his job was being terminated because he had brought the public sector into disrepute.



However, Rainford is claiming that he had been incorrectly and erroneously fired.



He 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.



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.



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