Chief Justice declines to accept JSC summon notice

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Chief Justice of Maldives, Ahmed Abdullah has refused to accept the summon notice sent to him by judicial watchdog, Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

In a statement released by JSC on Monday night, the commission revealed that an employee of the commission attempted to deliver the summons, with regards to an alleged ethical misconduct, to the Chief Justice at his residence the same day.

The statement further revealed that when the employee tried to deliver the summons to the Justice, he questioned who the employee was, upon which the employee disclosed his name and produced identification. The employee is also said to have explained that the purpose of his visit to deliver a document on behalf of JSC.

“Upon revealing this, the Chief Justice refused to accept the summons and entered into his residence, closing the door behind him” the statement said.

The Justice has now confirmed this allegation stating that there is no ground for the Commission to investigate the issue. In a letter addressed to the Commission, Chief Justice Ahmed Abdullah justified his actions saying that the decision to investigate a Judge over ethical misconduct, based on the decisions made in court goes against the Islamic Shariah as well as the Constitution of the Maldives.

The ethical misconduct allegations toward the Judges of the Supreme Court of Maldives, including Chief Justice Ahmed Abdullah are with regards to decisions made in court. The Cheif Justice has also refused to accept the investigation report presented to him with regards to the issue.