Justices Utter Peter Dery
Justices Utter Peter Dery and Gilber Ayisi Boateng, who are among the 12 High Court justices on interdiction for allegedly taking bribes as captured in an audiovisual recording by investigative reporter Anas Aremeyaw Anas, have dragged the Chief Justice (CJ), the Judicial Council and Controller and Accountant General to the Supreme Court over the slashing of their salaries.
The justices, who are also suing the Judicial Secretary, the Director of Finance of the Judicial Service and the Pay Master of the Judicial Service, want the highest court of the land to declare the decision of the Judicial Council in letters dated January 7 and 8, 2016, which put them on half salary, as unconstitutional and void.
The plaintiffs said they brought the suit in their capacity as citizens of Ghana and want the court to stop the defendants from tampering with their full salaries among others.
In a writ filed by the two judges who have each sued the CJ and Judicial Council in five different cases yet to be determined by the High Courts and the Supreme Court, the judges said the Judicial Council in a decision taken on December 16, 2015, which was contained in letters dated January 7 and 8, 2016, placed them on half salary.
According to them, the decision to put them on half salary with immediate effect was in contravention of Article 127 (5) of the 1992 Constitution.
They therefore want the court to nullify the decision of the Judicial Council in the letters slashing their salary and want its assigns, workers, privies, servants and agents, among others, to be stopped from carrying out the decision of the Judicial Council.
The justices further want an order of perpetual injunction restraining all the other defendants from implementing the decision of the Council and any orders that the highest court might deem fit.
BY Fidelia Achama