Former president John Dramani Mahama narrowly escaped a law suit filed against over the appointment of a new CHRAJ boss, Joseph Whittal.
The writ, which was filed by the member of parliament for Okaikwei Central, Patrick Boamah was squashed by the Supreme Court after the legislator withdrew the writ application.
The writ filed by Mr. Patrick Boamah, Member of Parliament for Okaikwei Central Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, was seeking “an order of perpetual injunction restraining the President through the 1st Defendant Attorney-General, from appointing or confirming or in any manner endorsing the appointment of the Commissioner and his two deputies under Article 70, of the 1992 Constitution, until the hearing and final determination of this matter”. But the court’s action emanated from a notice filed by the MP to discontinue or withdraw the writ.
The Supreme court, presided over by Madam Justice Sophia Akuffo ruled that "upon a true and proper construction of Articles 23 and 296, having regard to the fact that the term of the President expires in two weeks, the intended and indecent haste to appoint or confirm or endorse the appointment of the Commissioner of CHRAJ, is actuated by bad faith and malice thus is unconstitutional”.
Meanwhile, the new administration has revealed that it will review all appointments made by President Mahama after the December 7 general elections, although it remains unsure if the review will affect the positions of the CHRAJ boss.