Nasheed seeks India military aid to quell Maldives crisis

Self-exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed on behalf of the people has requested neighbor India's military to assist in ending the current political crisis in the country.

The island nation has plunged into fresh political turmoil after the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the immediate release of jailed political leaders including Nasheed.

More than four days after the Supreme court ordered the immediate release of as many as nine political prisoners, government has thus far refused to comply.

President Yameen late Monday declared a state of emergency after his last ditch attempt to convince the top court to revoke the order failed after the apex court rejected the government's 'legal and judicial' concerns over the order.

President Yameen has declared emergency state for 15 days and suspended as many as 20 constitutional rights for the duration along with the criminal procedure Act and several articles of the judicature Act.

The constitutional rights suspended president Yameen has effectively quashed any moves by the opposition to impeach him while also stripping the Supreme Court of any authority.

In the few hours since emergency state was declared police have made a series of high profile arrests including former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, two top court judges and the chief judicial administrator.

Nasheed on Twitter requested the South Asian giant to dispatch an envoy backed by the country's military to have the arrested judges and political leaders released.

"We request a physical presence," Nasheed said.

Nasheed has also urged the United States "to stop all financial transactions of Maldives regime leaders going through US banks."

Nasheed's plea to India and the US came moments after president Yameen amended his declaration to suspend more constitutional rights including the right to silence.

In addition to Nasheed, the other top political leaders named in the order included Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim, religiously conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla, former defence minister Mohamed Nazim, former vice president Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor and Gayoom's lawmaker son Faris Maumoon.

The others named in the order included former prosecutor general Muhthaz Muhsin, magistrate Ahmed Nihan and Adheeb's brother in law Hamid Ismail.

The court had also annulled its anti-defection ruling and ordered the country's electoral watchdog to re-instate the dozen government lawmakers disqualified over the ruling. The Supreme Court said the anti-defection ruling was issued as a temporary solution to the constitutional dispute case filed by the state but insisted that the relevant authorities have failed to bring to effect an anti-defection law specified in the ruling.