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JSC decides against investigating Family Court judge

Raif Amyl Jalyl
04 July 2019, MVT 19:18
Male' Tour: Family Court. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
Raif Amyl Jalyl
04 July 2019, MVT 19:18

Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Wednesday decided against investigating the disciplinary case submitted against Family Court's Judge Huzaifa Mohamed.

According to JSC, the commission uncovered that there was no basis to the case submitted against Judge Huzaifa, while investigating another judge's case. JSC further stated that another reason behind its decision was that the complaint filed against the Family Court Judge was submitted by an individual, who was dismissed from his post over a case submitted against him to the Department of Judicial Administration.

The disciplinary case against Judge Huzaifa was submitted to the judicial watchdog by an assistant legal officer of the court who was under investigation for alleged sexual harassment. The assistant legal officer had sent text messages to Judge Huzaifa threatening to lodge a complaint at JSC, accusing the judge of acting outside legal proceedings in his sexual harassment investigation.

Judge Huzaifa is the chairman and only female member of the committee established at Family Court under the Sexual Abuse and Harassment Act.

The now-sacked assistant legal officer was supposedly closely acquainted with Family Court's Chief Judge Hassan Saeed, who is also currently under suspension due to an ongoing investigation regarding disciplinary issues.

The JSC meeting held on Wednesday consisted of seven members including the President of the Commission, Abdulla Areef.

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