The Central Bank revoked the license of GN Bank legally- Court

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The Human Rights Division, Accra High Court, has?dismissed an application filed by Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, GN Saving and Loans Company and others for the violation of fundamental human rights in its entirety.

Dr Ndoum filed an application against the Bank of Ghana (BoG), the Attorney General and the Receiver of the savings and Loans companies, praying the Court to revert the decision by BoG to revoke the license of GN Savings and Loans, saying the action was a violation of his fundamental human rights.

Meanwhile, applicants have served notice of an appeal, saying ‘We will appeal and prevail.’

The Court presided over by Justice Gifty Addo Adjei, delivering judgement on the case, said the Central Bank was therefore right when it revoked the licence of the third respondent because it had become apparent that it was unable to meet its debt obligations due to poor governance structures.

Initially, Lawyers for the BoG raised a legal objection to the application on the basis that the jurisdiction of the High Court
had been wrongly invoked.?

Dr Justice Srem Sai, Counsel for Dr Nduom, said the action taken by the BoG and its agent, which included the receiver of the savings and loans companies, was a clear violation of his human rights.

The lawyers for the Central Bank?and the Attorney General said the jurisdiction of the court had been wrongly invoked because matters of banking revocation were expected to go for arbitration at the Arbitration Centre.

But Justice Srem Sai?vehemently opposed this argument.

The Court said the applicant had not been able to satisfy the court that at the time of the revocation of its licence, it was solvent and able to meet its debt obligations.

Justice Addo Adjei said the claim by the applicants of unreasonableness coupled with malice and violation of existing laws in the process of the revocation was unfounded.

On the violation of the rights of the Administrative justice, the court was of the view that the Central Bank intervened in the applicants’ operations by way of revocation of
license according to the provisions of Article 130 of the 1992 Constitution.

‘No illegality was occasioned by the conduct of the Central Bank in revoking the license in the face of insolvency,’ she added.

She said BoG had not breached the fundamental principles imbibed in its status.

The court said the Central Bank took the most reasonable and fair decision in the face of the liquidity challenge in accordance with its mandate.

On the issue of discrimination, the court concluded that the applicants were not discriminated against since other entities suffered a similar fate as that of the applicants.

The court said the applicant was not discriminated against and their complaints are unfounded and without merit.

It said the applicants could take the matter of debt owed them by the government through the Finance Ministry, even though they maintained that several actions to demand their money from the government had failed and so it was unreasonable for the BoG to have revoked their license, considering thei
r circumstances.

The court awarded a cost of GH?50,000 in favour of all the respondents.

Source: Ghana News Agency