Public allowed to sit in for Judge Didi's open hearing

Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has revealed that members of the public will be allowed to sit in for Judge Abdulla Didi's open hearing scheduled for Thursday morning.

The judicial watchdog revealed that the a public hearing for the disciplinary cases against the to court judge has been scheduled to take place at Rannabandeyri Maalam of Dharubaaruge at 10:00 am, and members of the public will be allowed to sit in as much as space allows.

Members of the public will be allowed to take seat starting from 8:45 am. As the commission will be carrying out an investigation during the sitting, all attendees are requested to cooperate with the proceedings of the sitting, and if any action that disrupts the sitting is committed by any attendees, legal action will be taken against the offender, the commission said.

While the police and armed forces will be in-charge of security during the open sitting, JSC during their late Wednesday sitting approved to send to the commission investigating Judge Didi's case regarding his request to obtain the documents on JSC's decisions relevant to his case.

Last week, JSC made the decision to suspend the judge after the police notified the commission of an ongoing criminal investigation involving the judge. The case was filed by former president Mohamed Nasheed, who is also a member of the commission.

Now the Speaker of the parliament, Nasheed alleges that Judge Didi was paid an amount os US$ 1 million to jail Nasheed back in 2015 on terror charges while Judge Didi was employed as a Criminal Court Judge.

However, Judge Didi denied allegations against him and filed a constitutional dispute at the Supreme Court, requesting to dismiss his suspension. The top court then issued a stay order on his suspension, ordering all authorities not to take any action against the judge. Despite the order, the JSC made the decision to maintain the suspension, stating that the Supreme Court order obstructs the commission's legal obligations.

The judicial committee of the parliament backed JSC's decision, with the parliament having since resolved that the Supreme Court's initial stay order was unconstitutional.