Former Chief Justice David Maraga has sued Senior Counsel and Constitutional lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi over what he terms as defamation.
The ex-CJ in a lawsuit claimed the lawyer nicknamed “The Grand Mullah” circulated a defamatory, libelous, and scandalous tweet on January 12, which was aimed at tarnishing his good name.
The suit shows that Lawyer Ahmed Nasir implied and indicated that CJ Maraga was aware of and had knowledge of a Senior Judge of the Supreme Court who had collected a bribe of Sh220, 000,000
According to Maraga, the words contained in the defendant’s publication were intended, calculated, contrived, and designed to mean and were in fact understood to mean that he(Maraga) was not a decent Kenyan and was not an honest Kenyan.
Maraga now wants the lawyer to pull down the tweet and publish an apology on his Twitter page as well as in the local dailies, Standard and Daily Nation newspapers.
He also wants Ahmednasir compelled to pay damages for libel and defamation as well as meet the costs of the suit.
In response, taking to his verified page, Ahmednasir has since threatened to expose the “biggest bribe in the Supreme court”, claiming that the said “Senior Judge of the Supreme Court” had falsified the valuation report for a piece of land for which a “huge compensation” was paid by the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
The senior counsel also penned a disparaging article in a local newspaper criticizing Maraga’s term at the helm of the Judiciary, saying he was the least qualified for the job.
“Nothing in his past career as a judge of the High Court and the Court of Appeal, or even as legal private practitioner litigating the odd debt collection case or the routine cases in Nakuru, prepared Justice Maraga for the office of the Chief Justice,” Ahmednasir penned.
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