A Former Chair of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Justice Emile Short has disclosed that, CHRAJ was right to turn down a request to investigate Chief Justice (CJ) Kwesi Anin Yeboah over an alleged $5m bribe.
He said, the body, which received the petition from the Civil Society Organization, Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), exercised its discretion to cease investigation after finding out the same petition was sent to another body.
“Section 13 of Act 456 provides that if in the cause of investigating a matter it comes to the notice of CHRAJ that a similar petition has been filed with another judicial body then it has the discretion to discontinue the investigation. I think that the position taken by CHRAJ is the correct one,” he added.
He however noted that, “CHRAJ can refuse to investigate because it has the discretion to discontinue the investigation if there is a remedy which the petitioner can avail himself to,”