By Sacha Wilson
Published: 23 Sep 2009 – guardian.co.tt
The State has to pay the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, which operates Central Broadcasting Services Ltd, close to $3 million in damages for its unequal treatment and delay in granting them a FM radio broadcasting licence.
Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh awarded compensatory and vindicatory damages yesterday by way of a video conference at the San Fernando High Court.
This was the end result of a eight-year legal battle between the Maha Sabha and the State regarding the granting of a licence for Radio Jagriti 102.7 FM. Boodoosingh said this case showed discrimination “plain and simple.”
He said: “The award was meant primarily to deter public authorities and persons exercising public functions from engaging in or persisting with unequal treatment.” Expressing his satisfaction with the sum, the Maha Sabha’s general secretary Satnarayan Maharaj called on the State to show good faith and ensure that those who discriminated against the Hindu community and the Maha Sabha were prosecuted.
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