SRT to seek court injunction for Hopewell payment
The Department of Land Transport’s director-general Jirut Wisanjit in his capacity as the president of the board of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) said after the first board meeting on Wednesday (October 16) that the SRT board had received a report from the committee on the Hopewell case revealing that the Hopewell elevated highway and rail line project could have violated the law regarding foreign companies.
The committee is chaired by Pisak Jitwiriyawasin, deputy permanent secretary of the Transport Ministry.
“The report stated that the Announcement of the National Executive Council No. 281 required foreign companies to be qualified and approved by the Cabinet before conducting business in Thailand, which Hopewell was not,” said Jirut.
“Therefore, the SRT board agreed that SRT and Ministry of Transport will file a civil case against Hopewell in the Civil Court,” he said. “Furthermore, SRT will file an appeal for an injunction by the Supreme Administrative Court to temporarily suspend the court order for SRT to pay the compensation to Hopewell, which was originally scheduled on this Saturday (October 19).”