JSC suspends top court judge Ghanee; seeks dismissal

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has moved to suspend Supreme Court Justice Abdul Ghanee Mohamed and pursue his dismissal.

JSC on Wednesday said the decision comes after their committee reviewed cases being investigated that involve the judge, and recommended to dismiss him. The judge was suspended for a period of sixty days before the commission's decision to pursue his dismissal was announced.

The judge is being investigated over unlawful decisions made by the Supreme Court. JSC said the judge had presented himself to the commission earlier that day for investigation.

While former Chief Justice Dr. Ahmed Abdulla Didi and Judge Adam Mohamed are also being investigated over the same issues, both judges refused to cooperate with the investigation, claiming that the JSC did not have the jurisdiction to look into the matters. Both judges have now been dismissed from the Supreme Court.

Judge Ghanee was appointed to the Supreme Court last year after former Supreme Court judges Abdulla Saeed and Ali Hameed was convicted for a crime. Before his appointment to the Supreme Court, Judge Ghanee was a judge at the High Court.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has also launched a probe into the judge over complaints filed by an individual. AVAS has learnt that the complaint alleges that the Judge impeded an appeal filed at the High Court by the Prosecutor General involving a woman, and employed the woman in question at the High Court.

ACC is already looking into another case involving some Supreme Court judges, where they are accused of misusing the court's petty cash to frequently arrange lunch from a high-end Indian restaurant in Hulhumale'. The meals were fetched and delivered by a court employee in a vehicle belonging to the court.