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CJ must clear air on alleged ‘plot’

Thursday, December 12, 2013

In spite of the numerous unsavoury rumours, of course done in hushed tones, I have steadfastly maintained that I have absolute confidence in the independence of our judiciary, one of the main pillars, if not the main one, in our justice system.


It is a prime bastion of our democratic way of governance and I have refused to pay any serious attention to these tales. Perhaps one might say I am being extremely naïve in this instance, but I am a firm believer in the impartiality of our judiciary, and one can easily recall some of the unpleasant developments between this arm of our democratic way of life and the political directorate over the years.


Most notable was the vicious treatment meted out to then Chief Justice Sat Sharma, which will go down as one of the darkest periods in the annals of our justice system. All of the above is to say that I am extremely concerned over the unsubstantiated claims in the news media of some plot to hunt Chief Justice Ivor Archie out of office, based on complaints, among them that he is to be blamed for the delay in the delivery of justice in some cases.


Among those laying claim to this plot is the Chief Justice himself, who called a special meeting of his colleagues. In a two-hour session, the CJ according to the Guardian, “made the bold claim yesterday (Monday) that he believed there was an orchestrated conspiracy to get him out of office.” Now I am not here to defend the veracity of Archie’s claim or to pass judgment for or against the political directorate in such an unholy plot, because if this is true it can only originate from that source.


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