Attorney General Ibrahim Riffath has hailed Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to suspend Supreme Court Justice Ahmed Abdulla Didi.
JSC made its decision to suspend Justice Ahmed Abdulla Didi in a meeting held with AG Riffath himself present last Wednesday.
In a tweet regarding the decision, the AG said that it was compulsory for the commission to issue a decision within 48 hours if an agency is running a criminal probe against a judge. He said that it was also normal practice in the modern world for a judge to voluntarily step down if he is in the middle of a criminal probe.
“I welcome JSC’s decision!” tweeted Riffath.
JSC has announced it made the decision to suspend Justice Ahmed Abdulla Didi after Maldives Police Service opened a criminal probe into him. It did not disclose the specifics of the probe.
Speaker of Parliament, President Mohamed Nasheed, in May, filed a case with JSC requesting an investigation into the allegation Justice Ahmed Abdulla Didi received USD 1 million in bribe money via a deposit to his spouse, Aniya Abdul Gafoor’s bank account in 2015.