Deputy leader of religiously conservative Adhaalath Party, Ali Zahir, expressed concern over the Supreme Court's delay in issuing a verdict on the issue of the Elections Commission’s decision to oust some lawmakers from their parliamentary seats.
The Elections Commission have declared that six lawmakers have lost their seats in parliament including Thulusdhoo MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim, Madduvari MP Mohamed Ameeth, Villingilli MP Saud Hussain, Dhidhdhoo MP Abdul Latheef Mohamed, Dhangethi MP Ilham Ahmed, and Machangolhi South MP Abdulla Sinan. Out of the six, MPs Waheed, Ameeth, Saud and Latheef have filed the issue at the Supreme Court seeking a reversal.
Meanwhile, the Criminal Court has remanded MPs Ameeth, Waheed and Saud for 15 days over forcefully entering parliament premises despite the commission's decision.
Speaking to the press after the remand hearing of Ameeth, Ali Zahir who is also his lawyer proclaimed that Police are not authorised to arrest any of these lawmakers until the Supreme Court issues a verdict.
Ilham Ahmed has also criticized the delaying of the verdict, stating that every day that passes without a ruling by the top court opens doors to violate the Constitution.
Declaring that he is saddened by the top court's delay in coming to a conclusion on the matter, Ilham said that innocent people are hurt in every minute of the delay. The four MP’s filed the lawsuit at the Supreme Court on July 20, and it was accepted on July 24.