Indicating that India may have declined the proposed visit, a source said, "Also we have not seen any real action on the concerns stated by the worldwide community and India".
President Yameen has dug in his heels and refused to obey the court order on the grounds that it leads to "encroachment on the regulatory powers of the State, the disruption of the functions mandated to State institutions under the Constitution, and the infringement of national security and public interest", adding that "if implemented, (it) would potentially lead to an undermining of the supremacy of the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives".
Any Israeli who chooses to stay, the ministry adds, "bears personal responsibility" for the decision. Tourism now dominates the economy, with wealthy foreigners flown to hyper-expensive resort islands.
According to Admiral Arun Prakash (retd), former navy chief, India had started to lose the plot in the island nation way back in 2012, when the Indian infrastructure giant GMR was edged out from constructing the Male airport and the contract was immediately handed over to a Chinese company. The initiative is Chinese President Xi Jinping's signature project and envisages building ports, railways and roads to expand trade in a vast arc of countries across Asia, Africa and Europe.
Already, Beijing has taken over ports it developed in Sri Lanka and Pakistan on long-term leases.
The embattled president of the Maldives has sent envoys to friendly nations such as China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to brief them on a political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation that spurred the imposition of a state of emergency, his office said. The others are Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Nasheed, meanwhile, sought aid from neighboring India earlier this week, asking it to intervene in the crisis that erupted on February 1 with the Supreme Court ruling. The Embassy of the Maldives in New Delhi has issued a clarification that it was the Indian government which declined the appointment citing time constraints of its leaders. In response, President Yameen arrested judges of the supreme court along with top political leaders. The Maldivian President had recently declared a state of emergency there, much to India's dismay.
The Maldives ' top judge received death threats before his arrest in a regime crackdown, his lawyer said Thursday ahead of a United Nations Security Council hearing on the island nation's political crisis. Lawyer Hisaan Hussain said he was gravely concerned by the government's reaction to the court ruling, saying it is a "blatant violation and completely erodes the doctrine of separation of powers".
Acting police chief Abdulla Nawaz told reporters that police had found evidence that "millions of dollars were given to Saeed and Hameed, and to court official Hassan Saeed, as bribes" in return for ordering the release of imprisoned politicians opposed to President.
Since the detentions, the three Supreme Court justices who were not arrested have annulled the court's order to free the imprisoned opposition politicians.