JSC has restored a core constitutional principle, says Nasheed

The judicial watchdog's decision to advise the three top court judges and a month respond has restored a lost principle of the constitution, Speaker and former president Mohamed Nasheed said Tuesday.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Monday decided to advise the entire three judge bench including Chief judge Dr. Ahmed Abdulla Didi after investigating a complaint against the trio.

AVAS understands that the complaint was filed after the Supreme Court pulled a case from the Civil Court over former Deputy Managing Director of Public Service Media (PSM) Mohamed Ikram Abdul Latheef's failure to pay a decreed debt.

Before the parliament sitting began on Tuesday, Nasheed who also sits on the JSC said the judicial process allowed every citizen three opportunities to prove their innocence.

"The constitution is based on key principles. Every citizen have three opportunities to prove their innocence as a constitutional right. The lower courts, High Court and the Supreme Court," Nasheed explained.

If the Supreme Court continues to pull files from the lower courts, it breaches the three stages of justice and violates the core principles of the constitution, he added.

He also said that all judges must free of any influence including ones from other judges.

"JSC do not believe that judges should have an influence by any one. It includes other judges as well. A judge cannot encroach an ongoing case of another judge," Nasheed said.

As the parliament speaker sits on the JSC along with another lawmaker, the parliament representation on the judicial watchdog remains significant, he added.

"The current parliament wishes to restore every fundamental right enshrined in the constitution. I believe that the JSC's decision yesterday has restored a core principle of the constitution," Nasheed said.