|Court decides silence is best option
Published on September 07, 2005 - The Constitution Court yesterday decided against issuing a statement clarifying the effect of last year’s verdict on Auditor-General Khunying Jaruvan Maintaka’s nomination on her current job status.
“The court will not comment on the matter and has decided to distribute the full text of its verdict again for public scrutiny,” court secretary-general Paiboon Warahapaitoon said.
The decision for the court to keep silent came amid speculation that it would explain whether its ruling that her nomination was unconstitutional should cost Jaruvan her job.
Relevant parties expressed hope that the court would help clear up the confusion relating to Jaruvan’s office and the appointment of her successor Visut Montriwat, who has yet to receive royal endorsement.
Paiboon said the ruling was clear and comprehensive in addressing pertinent legal issues, urging relevant parties to study it rather than demand clarification.
“Based on senatorial recommendation, Visut’s appointment has been submitted for royal endorsement and it is not a matter in which the court should get involved,” he said.
Judge Phan Chantarapan said his court had no additional opinions on the Jaruvan case.
“The 19-page verdict is available at the court’s office and any interested parties can obtain a free copy,” he said.
Judge Chumpol na Songkhla said his 15-member court agreed unanimously to steer clear of both the debate on Jaruvan’s job status and Visut’s appointment.
Chumpol said that although he had earlier wanted the court to issue a clarification, he changed his mind after his colleagues convinced him that the court’s involvement in the debate might further confuse the matter.