The CAA is rotten

The editor of this newspaper has a case before the Constitutional Court in regards to the composition of the CAA Board. We believe that an engine cannot be repaired using old spare parts. We consider the appointment of Mr. Shelton Jolicoeur and Ms Simone Decomarmond (especially) to the Board of the CAA as an error of judgment and totally in contravention to the laws that provide for the creation of the authority and cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.

We are publishing a letter here to illustrate part of our ‘raison-d’ĂȘtre’ for filing the petition. In the letter it is clear that Shelton Jolicoeur was seeking guidance and/or approval of the President on how to deal with a matter before him. This is totally unacceptable. It shows clearly that the CAA in its present state is determine to salvage the career of Justice Duraikannu Karunakaran – irrelevant of any evidence of wrong doing against him. This we believe is a major conflict of interest by the CAA. Jolicoeur even suggested that Article 124 (2) could provide an option since a vacant post in the Court of Appeal will be available.

This newspaper can confirm that Justice Karunakaran has now applied for that position; coincidently his son has applied for a magistracy position, with his daughter-in-law applying for a position at the Attorney General’s Chambers as counsel. In the event that they are all appointed it will provide us with much cause for concern:  




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