[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has reportedly dismissed Senior Magistrate Chandra Sohan, usually reliable sources have revealed.
iNews understands that the dismissal letter was issued on Friday, February 20 by the JSC, headed by Carl Singh; however, up to the time this article was published, Sohan had not received the dismissal letter.
His dismissal follows that of Magistrate Geeta Chandan – Edmond, who was also fired by the JSC over what they claimed was a missing Minutes Book.
Sohan was suspended by the JSC on December 03, 2014 for incidents including his unauthorized absence from work on December 28, 2013; January 7, 2014; leaving the country during the month of December 2013 without permission and discrepancies, which the JSC said was discovered between fines recorded by him on Court case jackets and those recorded on corresponding police case jackets in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
At the time of his dismissal, Sohan’s suspension was engaging the attention of the Court of Appeal, where he was seeking to have the suspension lifted.
Sohan appeared before the JSC on February18 only to be told that an inquiry was launched into his suspension. This is even after the 60 days period elapsed, which means that Sohan was no longer obligated to appear before the JSC.
The JSC’s Rule 80, sub rule 6 states that when the 60 days period has passed in a matter regarding a suspended Magistrate, no inquiry can be held and the Magistrate should be allowed to return to work.