14 Indicted judges seek injunction on CJ investigative committee

The plaintiffs argued that the current disciplinary committee set up by the Chief Justice to conduct disciplinary proceedings against them has no legal basis to do so.

 

Fourteen judges implicated in the Anas' corruption expose' have filed a motion for an interlocutory injunction to stop further proceedings by the investigative committee set up by the Chief Justice.

A five member committee is currently probing the bribery allegation against the over 30.

So far, 22 magistrates and judges who were implicated have already been suspended by the Judicial Council.

But in an affidavit signed in support of the motion for an interlocutory injunction by Benjamin Yaw Osei, the plaintiffs argued that the current disciplinary committee set up by the Chief Justice to conduct disciplinary proceedings against them has no legal basis to do so.

"Each of us as being a pensionable officer cannot be removed from office through summary proceedings without being convicted of the criminal act alleged against each of us. the defendant has started and is rushing through summary proceedings against each of us, none of whom have been convicted of the criminal act alleged against each of us that the law provides that the disciplinary proceedings against each of us be conducted by a single judge of the high court or some other judicial officer appointed for that purpose by the Chief Justice," the writ said.

The case will be heard by the on 22 September 2015. If the case is ruled in their favour the process of investigating the alleged misconduct of the judges will be stalled.

Meanwhile, Justice Paul Derry, one of the High court judges who was also caught allegedly taking bribes in the latest corruption expose’ has also filed a suit seeking to stop the premiering of the video by Anas.

He is seeking 17 reliefs from the Accra Fast Track High court. Among them is a “declaration that the 1st Defendant (Tiger Eye PI) obtained the contents of the audio-visual recording unlawfully.”The Attorney General and the Chief Justice were also sued as defendants in the suit.

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