In the few hours since emergency state was declared, police have made a series of high profile arrests including former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, two top court judges, including the chief justice and the chief judicial administrator.
India has so far remained a virtual spectator to the alarming development in Male and merely issued a couple of statement even though the Opposition parties in Maldives are making distress calls to New Delhi for diplomatic intervention and military aid.
The move comes after president Yameen had accused that the chief justice had been bribed to issue the court order in a bid to overthrow the government.
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen rejected that ruling.
"We had to find out how thick the plot or coup was".
"President Yameen has systematically alienated his coalition, jailed or exiled every major opposition political figure, deprived elected members of parliament of their right to represent their voters in the legislature, revised laws to erode human rights. and weakened the institutions of government", the US State Department said in a statement.
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The Supreme Court's shock decision last week to order the release of political dissidents and quash the conviction of exiled opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed, among others, sparked the crisis.
Security forces also arrested former dictator and opposition politician Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who could be seen on cellphone video taken by his daughter being quietly escorted from his home, hugging friends and family and waving to supporters before being driven away.
The spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was seriously concerned about the declaration of a state of emergency and the entry of security forces into the supreme court premises.
The Maldives has been plunged into a political crisis following Thursday's court ruling.
"Government continues to carefully monitor the situation", the statement said. The Yameen government refused to implement the ruling, prompting a wave of protests in Maldives capital, Male.
He was also president between 1978 to 2008 when the Maldives, which relies on tourism, became a multi-party democracy.
On Tuesday, the president gave a televised address saying: "I had to declare a national emergency because there was no other way to investigate these judges".