Judge Hassan Ali resigns from High Court

Judge Hassan Ali has resigned from the High Court amid a judicial probe.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has been investigating a disciplinary issue of Hassan Ali after he was named in a report prepared by the by Presidential Commission on Murders and Enforced Disappearances on the case of the missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan. According to the report, the judge had aided in forging documents to make it appear that Rilwan was overseas when he disappeared in 2014. Hassan Ali was the Controller of Immigration at the time. It is believed he worked with two police officers to forge the documents.

Hassan was suspended over the issue in September 2019. There were some concerns over the delays in taking actions against him as he was being paid salaries despite being suspended.

On Tuesday JSC said the commission sent its report on the case to Hassan Ali on July 12 asking for a response within seven days. Since he did not respond by the deadline, he was called for the final hearing scheduled for Tuesday. However, he resigned without responding. His resignation has been accepted, confirmed JSC. It is unclear if the report related to Hassan Ali, who has been accused of a serious issue will be publicised or not.