Supreme Court issues stay order on Didi's suspension

Supreme Court has issued a stay order regarding Judicial Service Commission (JSC)'s decision to suspend Supreme
Court Justice Abdulla Didi.

The temporary court order was issued after Judge Abdulla Didi filed a constitutional dispute with the Supreme Court
following his suspension.

The Judicial Service Commission on Wednesday made the decision to suspend Abdulla Didi due to an ongoing
police investigation into a criminal offense. Now Speaker of the Parliament, former president Mohamed Nasheed had filed a complaint against the judge at the commission, claiming that Didi had accepted a bribe of US$ 1 million to jail Nasheed in 2015 while he was on the Criminal Court bench that sentenced Nasheed.

In the constitutional dispute raised by Didi, he stated that the case filed against him by Nasheed is in violation of the Maldivian constitution, the Judges Act, and the policies of the judiciary and that of JSC. Therefore, while JSC has temporarily relieved Didi of his duties until his suspension is lifted, the judge made a request at the Supreme Court to dismiss JSC's
decision, and requested for a stay order until the case is concluded.

The Supreme Court on Thursday accepted the case and issued the stay order, and ordered all authorities not to proceed with the suspension or any other other course of action against Judge Didi regarding the bribery allegations.