Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) has lifted the suspension on two prominent lawyers -- Hisaan Hussain and Ibrahim Rifath.
DJA said their suspension was lifted after concluding investigations involving them, but did not give any details.
The two were among 54 lawyers who were suspended on September 10 for filing a petition with the Supreme Court and rallying outside the court calling for judicial reform.
Hisaan and Rifath are members of former president Mohamed Nasheed’s legal team and Jumhooree Party leader Qasim Ibrahim’s legal team.
Suspension of a number of suspended lawyers have been lifted. However, some well-known lawyers still remain suspended. They include former Attorney General Husnu Suood, Mahfooz Saeed and Kendhoo MP Ali Hussain.
In August, 56 lawyers signed and filed a petition with the Supreme Court expressing concern about the judiciary. In the petition they highlighted 14 issues including sentencing in absentia, obtaining witness testimonies in secrecy, unacceptable remand periods, judges influencing each other, poor functioning of the Judicial Service Commission and Attorney General and Prosecutor General's failure to fulfil their responsibility. But, the petition was rejected by the top court.
The following month DJA suspended them, saying that the lawyers were being investigated for violating the constitution, and relevant laws and regulations. According to DJA, they rallied outside the Supreme Court against the law, in such a way that it would compromise the independence of the judiciary and judges.
The lawyers are being investigated for meddling with and attempting to influence the judiciary’s work, writing and signing an unlawful document against court procedures and rulings, and contempt of court, DJA had said.