Mr. Paul Uuter Dery, one of the 12 high court judges implicated in the judicial bribery scandal, has petitioned the Chief Justice to probe Justice Gertrude Torkonoo for dismissing a contempt charge he filed against five persons.
His lawyer, Nii Kpakpo Addo who petitioned the Chief Justice on his behalf, said the manner in which the case was dismissed was a violation of the rights of his client.
“Our client instructs us to petition your good office to cause an investigation to be conducted into the matters raised above and ascertain the veracity for the necessary remedial action to be taken.”
The contempt application brought against Anas Armeyaw Anas and Samuel Frempong, the Acting Editor-In—Chief and Editor of the Daily Crusading Guide, was scheduled for hearing on October 12 but the ruling was delivered on Monday and Tuesday on the blind side of the applicant.
The contemnor also wanted the court to commit to imprison, Sulemana Braimah, Executive Director of Media Foundation for Africa, Ernest Addo, Deputy Editor, The Crusading Guide and Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi of Starr FM, for leaking contents of the video in which he (Justice Dery) was allegedly caught taking bribe.
Justice Dery expressed surprise that four of the defendants were not served and none of them had filed an application in opposition to the application.
“Our client has also not been served with any hearing notice seeking to change the date endorsed on the said motion paper.”
However, the case was thrown out without their knowledge.
“We wish to bring to your attention certain happenings in the above mentioned matter that is of grave importance to the administration of justice and the violation of the rights of our client to a fair hearing of his case filed in the High Court.”
“Our client caused a contempt application to be filed against the five persons which was scheduled by the Registrar of the Fast Track High Court to be heard on October 12.”
He said they were surprised to hear on some radio stations of the dismissal presided by Justice Gertrude Torkonoo.
By Malik Sullemana