JSC suspends Family Court Chief Judge

Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Wednesday made the decision to suspend Chief Judge of Family Court Hassan Saeed.

It has been reported that Judge Saeed is being suspended over a disciplinary issue that is currently being investigated. However, the details of the issue were not divulged by the commission.

The decision was made with the agreement of nine commission members present at Wednesday's JSC meeting. The JSC is comprised of ten members.

Judge Hassan Saeed was previously suspended by the JSC for alleging that two judges appointed to the High Court were corrupt. Hassan Saeed filed a lawsuit against JSC at the Civil Court over the issue, however, he later withdrew the case.

During Wednesday's meeting, JSC also approved to suspend Supreme Court Judge Abdulla Didi due to an ongoing police investigation against the judge following a complaint filed by JSC member and Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed over bribery allegations.

The commission also made the decision to dismiss Magistrate Ibrahim Rasheed of Thinadhoo Magistrate Court. While a motion will be filed at the Parliament to dismiss the judge, this is the first time in JSC's history that commission is seeking to dismiss a judge.

Newly appointed members to the JSC, Speaker Nasheed, and parliament representative to the commission Hisaan Hussain took part in Wednesday's JSC meeting.