The injunction that was filed against City Hall with regard to its “illegal” removal of vendors from the perimeter of the Guyana Stores Limited (GSL) Bond on Water Street, Georgetown, was on Tuesday withdrawn by request of the complainant.
When the matter was called in the High Court, the complainant, Peter Warren, who was being represented by Attorney Anil Nandlall, instructed his lawyer to ask for the withdrawal of the injunction.
Even before the request for withdrawal was made, the Judge had discharged the injunction after the Council’s lawyer presented to the Court an affidavit from the owner of the GSL bond, Malcolm Panday, indicating his disapproval of vending around the perimeter of his building.
With the decision, the High Court Judge ruled that City Hall should be rewarded $40,000.
The injunction against City Hall was filed after the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) had dismantled the stalls lining Water Street to facilitate its major clean-up campaign.
This was despite appeals by the vendors, who indicated that the land on which they were vending was not State-owned, but private.
However, after the injunction had been filed, Panday had informed that he had not given any permission for his premises to be used for vending, and the vendors had occupied there of their own accord.