Injunction over control of NCPTA extended
A High Court Judge has extended an injunction over control of the National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (NCPTA).
Delivering a decision yesterday, Justice Margaret Mohammed continued the injunction, which was granted by her colleague High Court Judge Kevin Ramcharan on June 10.
Under the terms of the original injunction, purported NCPTA acting president Clarance Mendoza and his interim executive were restrained from exercising the authority of the organisation and barred from hosting a special virtual meeting of its General Council to elect a new executive.
Guardian Media understands that the dispute stems from a no-confidence motion passed by the General Council in October 2019 against former NCPTA president Ruffiena Ali-Boodoosingh and her executive, including Mendoza, who served as first vice-president.
The council reportedly decided that until a fresh election, the organisation should be run by an interim team made up of the presidents and secretaries of regional PTAs that form the council, including former NCPTA head and St George PTA president Zena Ramatali.
Ramatali and her team, who sought the injunction on the NCPTA’s behalf, are claiming that Mendoza and some of his fellow former executive members hijacked control of the organisation, last year.
In their defence to the substantive lawsuit, obtained by Guardian Media, Mendoza and his team are contending that Ramatali and her team did not have the authority to bring the lawsuit on the NCPTA’s behalf and were in fact the ones attempting to hijack control of the organisation.
“Strangely enough, had the no-confidence motion not been attempted, a standard election would have been held less than a month later and Zena Ramatali could have contested it freely and fairly,” they claimed.
While Mendoza and his team admitted that the interim team was appointed after Ali-Boodoosingh demitted office, they claimed that it was dissolved in July, last year, after several members except Ramatali resigned.
They claimed that Mendoza would have served as acting President until the executive elections, which were stopped by the injunction.
During the hearing before Justice Mohammed, yesterday, attorney Richard Jaggasar, who is representing Mendoza’s team, applied for the injunction to be lifted.
Jaggasar pointed to correspondence supporting Mendoza and his team from five of the eight regional PTAs, which make up the NCPTA.
In rejecting the application, Justice Mohammed reported said that it was best for all the parties that the injunction continues pending the determination of the substantive lawsuit before her.
Ramatali and her team are being represented by Martin George and Sarah Lawrence.