Supreme Court has issued an order stating that it is unconstitutional to take disciplinary action against justices.
An order issued on Tuesday reads that while the Maldives constitution states that judicial power is vested in the Supreme Court and the court also has the highest authority for the administration of justice in the Maldives, article 141 clearly states that no officials performing public functions, or any other persons, shall interfere with and influence the functions of the courts.
As such, the court order states that no party or institution has the right to question, take any disciplinary action or punish justices regarding any orders issued by them.
This comes at a time the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has announced its decision to investigate a total of five disciplinary issues filed against Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdulla Didi.
Also on Monday, Supreme Court issued an order stating that any action taken against a justice regarding a ruling will be made unconstitutional.
JSC suspended Didi over a bribery case filed by parliament speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed last week. While Supreme Court has since issued a stay order in the case, JSC decided to uphold its initial decision. The court has since issued an order saying that any decision against its first order “is invalid.”