REPUBLIC
V.
GHANA RAILWAY CORPORATION; EX PARTE APPIAH AND ANOTHER

(1980) JELR 63560 (HC)    
High Court  ·  30 Sep 1980 ·  Ghana
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[1980] GLR 752
CORAM
TWUMASI J.
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board of inquiry
conditions of service
civil service
board of directors
senior staff
ghana railway corporation
chief accountant
case of mr. annan
commissions of inquiry
disciplinary matters
general manager
punitive sanctions
specific charges
accusatorial system of criminal trial
appiah’s case
appointed commission
basis of the report of the board
board’s primary duty
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case of the applicants
commission of the crime
condition of service
core idea
countries of europe
criminal procedure code
deputy chief
deputy chief internal auditor
elementary rules of natural justice
enforcement of certain acts
espousal of the accusatorial system of inquiry
existing rules
final decision
financial loss
formal proceedings
gross neglect
industrial development
joseph emmanuel appiah
major attributes of the accusatorial system
members of the senior staff of the corporation
microscopic examination
official ranks
part of the civil service
principle of natural justice
procedural safeguards
proper inquiry
public corporation
senior officers
special duties
such time
virtue of the conditions of service

TWUMASI J.: The matter before this court involves the Ghana Railway Corporation and two members of the senior staff of the corporation. They are Joseph Emmanuel Appiah, Deputy Chief Internal Auditor and David Armah Annan, Chief Accountant, respectively. These two senior officers say that on 15 August 1981, the corporation reduced their official ranks from deputy chief internal auditor to principal internal auditor in the case of Mr. Appiah, and from chief accountant to deputy chief accountant in the case of Mr. Annan. In Appiah’s case, the reduction in rank was to be operative for a period of two years with effect from 17

August 1981. In the case of Mr. Annan, there was also a consequential order transferring him with immediate effect to the accounts department on special duties. Naturally, these two gentlemen did not take the matter kindly with the corporation because their punishment brought to them not only humiliation and disgrace, but was destined to cause them some financial loss…

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