Former President Abdullah Yameen says the Indian government tried to influence the Supreme Court Order issued on February 1, 2018, during his tenure.

Speaking at the opposition rally titled 'Kotharu Koshi' last night, Yameen said February 1, 2018 is the day the Maldives witnessed its biggest 'Lunar eclipse' and went on to describe the events of the day.

Yameen said that only India was bothered by the order issued by the Supreme Court and no other country voiced concerns.

He said while other nations viewed the matter as an internal issue, India sent three separate letters to his administration because of the delay in implementing the top Court's decision.

Yameen said that all three letters came from New Delhi and that his administration gave a detailed and diplomatic reply to the first letter. But he said that it was difficult to answer the second letter and did not send a reply back to the third letter.

The former President questioned why India had to exert influence on Maldivian internal affairs.

Yameen said after the Supreme Court issued its order, members of his administration traveled to neighboring countries to offer explanations but no official from India met with the Foreign Minister who had traveled to the country.

Former President Abdullah Yameen at the 'Kotharu Koshi rally'/ Photo: PPM

Referring to his order to impede the Supreme Court proceedings, Yameen said that some of the laws can only be suspended once the country is brought to the State of Emergency. He said that corruption allegations were made against Supreme Court Chief Judge Abdullah Saeed and Supreme Court judge Hameed.

He said that accusations were raised after the two had bought apartments in Hulhumale and from Malaysian capital Kular Lampur and these purchases belied their financial status.

Yameen accused the pair of corruption and said that if the money laundering act had been in force, both of the judges would have been convicted of the offense with ease.

He added that both the judges had sought help from an influential and rich person in the country.