NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ALREADY HAD FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE AUTONOMY
Speaker of the National Assembly, Patrick Pillay has said that the
house already had administrative and financial autonomy.
follows the cabinet’s decision to grant financial autonomy within an
agreed framework to the judiciary, the National Assembly, other
constitutional bodies and the Anti Corruption Commission.
Speaker Pillay however added that the announcement by the cabinet of
ministers formalises the already existing framework and reinforce
the statement to the public regarding the inherent separation of
powers of the three arms of the government.
run our own budget according to what we feel is right because we are
answerable to the Ministry of Finance. They are the ones who keep
the public purse or the country’s purse but we follow all
regulations and rules that exist. We do justify if ever we’re asked
to justify any action or any decision; financial or administrative
that we take,” said Speaker Pillay.
cabinet of ministers’ came to the decision to allow the bodies to
run their affairs in an autonomous way during its last meeting on
the 17th May.
KARUNAKARAN’S LAWYER CALLS FOR RECUSAL OF JUDGES ON TRIBUNAL OF
Lawyer Philippe Boullé representing Judge Duraikannu Karunankaran
has submitted an application for the recusal of two judges from the
tribunal of inquiry investigating his client’s ability to perform
the functions of judge of the Supreme Court.
The tribunal was established as a result of a complaint received by
the Constitutional Appointments Authority from the Chief Justice,
Mathilda Twomey. It consists of former Chief Justice, Egonda Ntende
and two judges of the Supreme Court Judge Samia Govinden and Judge
Mohan Niranjit Burhan.
the petition submitted during the tribunal’s meeting on 22nd
May at the National House, Mr. Boullé stated that Judges Govinden
and Burhan are not only colleagues of the complainant but also her
subordinates. He said they work daily under her authority, control,
supervision, influence, instruction and direction. He cited conflict
of interest as both judges were implicated in the complaint and
The Tribunal will deliver its judgement on the application on 23rd
CALLS FOR A REVIEW OF KARUNAKARAN’S CASE
The Constitutional Appointments Authority has called for a cessation
of the inquiry process into suspended Supreme Court Judge
Karunakaran’s conduct to allow a review of the complaint.
According to a press statement issued by the CAA, the judge may have
been unfairly denied a proper hearing before his case was earmarked
for a tribunal. There are apparently no evidence found in files from
the previously constituted CAA to show it considered complaints
against the Judge.
The members of the CAA have concurred not provide interviews on the
matter in order to protect the process and not to try the matter in
the media, and to avoid any politicization or sensationalism of the