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Kampala:l Justice Choudry to be probed for misconduct

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    By Anne Mugisa

    The Government has accepted to appoint a tribunal to investigate High Court Judge, Anup Singh Choudry.
    The Attorney General has written to the chairman of the Judicial Service Commission, Justice James Ogoola, to propose members to the tribunal.
    In an April 25 letter to Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki, which was copied to other stakeholders, Attorney General Peter Nyombi said: “A draft instrument of appointment of the tribunal has been prepared awaiting names of members before it is published in the Uganda Gazette.”
    The tribunal to investigate and clear a judge or recommend his suspension is supposed to comprise both foreign and local judges, according to the law.
    Choudry was appointed judge in May 2008, but soon after he ran into problems with the Uganda Law Society. The society said it had evidence that Choudry had been struck off the list of solicitors in the UK due to professional misconduct.
    The lawyers insisted that Choudry stops presiding over cases until his name is cleared.
    They petitioned the Judicial Service Commission to investigate Choudry, saying his continued stay in office was denting the image of the Judiciary.