Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) while voicing concern over the Supreme Court's statement that only the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) can probe cases including corruption against Judges, stressed that the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) must be able to probe corruption cases against Judges.
During a press conference held at MDP's office yesterday, Hulhu-henveiru constituency MP and party's Chairperson Moosa 'Reeko' Manik alleged that the Supreme Court's statement had come at a time when the Judges of the Court have been accused of corruption.
He added that MDP believes the ACC must be able to summon even Judges for an investigation by the Commission. Moosa further stressed that any allegations of corruption even against the Supreme Court or the High Court must be investigated.
"Many people say that one of the reasons behind the downfall of MDP's government is the arrest and detention of Judge Abdulla Mohamed (Chief Criminal Judge). So if the judiciary and Judges decide to investigate their cases among themselves it is something we are afraid of. Tomorrow the Parliament may decide to probe criminal allegations against MPs through the Parliament Committees. If that happens what would become of the rights and justice for the people? This is something we should all be concerned about," Moosa detailed.
Moosa's criticism of the judiciary comes at a time when Police have sent a case against him to the Prosecutor General's (PG) office for proposing to create a "People's Court" to deliver justice in the country.
Former President Mohamed Nasheed's political advisor Ibrahim 'Ibra' Ismail during the press conference expressed concern for the rise in violations of the constitution and laws governing the nation. On that note, he alleged that warnings to take action against those who dare to talk about such infringements have also increased.
Ibra also said that the powers of the constitution have been divided and hence actions of one party would be made accountable by another.
"Even the Courts do not have the authority above that of the constitution. Each and every ruling of the Court must be based on a law. But I failed even to find one reference to the law in the press release regarding arbitration. The press release had made reference to what must be debated on the Parliament floor," Ibra detailed.
He insisted that the Supreme Court cannot suggest a course of action for any State institution for an appeal.
While referring to the points made in the Supreme Court's press release on the arbitration issue, MDP Spokesperson Imthiyaz 'Inthi' Fahmy said he was perplexed to the reason behind Supreme Court's statement. He added that the actions of the Supreme Court indicated that it was rooting or advocating for a specific side.