After hours of legal banter on the night of Sunday, 5th June, 2020 between the applicant’s counsel and the legal team of the SRC, the five justices on the case ruled unanimously that the ISRC Act 2020 to be annulled
Earlier, the KNUST SRC President Mr Adu-Baah Charles signed an “Act” which was confused for an Executive Instrument (EI) granting an Interim Committee the powers to act in the stead of the SRC to ensure continuity of the SRC as his tenure was done. This however didn’t sit down well with students and caused ‘rage’ amongst some section of students who argued that the SRC Constitution had been largely breached.
The KNUST Students’ Parliament House in a press release dated 4th June, 2020, a day after the supposed Act was signed, pointed out about 12 inconsistencies regarding the Act and called out the SRC President for abandoning rule of law. They referred to the Act as ‘illegal and not reflecting the choice and interest of students.” They called on the president to, within a week’s ultimatum beginning today, repeal the Act, apologise to students and go back to do the needful.
However, one Boakye-Dankwa Asare, through his lawyers, sued the SRC President and the framers of the Act for passing an alleged “Illegal” Act which would have the power to act in the stead of the SRC. The judicial council of the SRC sat down late Sunday night to hear the case and after several legal debates, the court ruled unanimously in favor of the applicant. The Court further directed the SRC to refer the said Act to the SRC Parliamentary Council for proper resolution.
Justices who sat on the case were;
Michael Gyan – SRC JC
Emmanuel Boama – SRC Deputy JC
Response From Parliament
The SRC Parliamentary Council in a release shortly after the ruling, expressed their relief atthe outcome and pledged to adhere to the rules of the institution and to follow due process without fear or favour.
Read the statement below;