Sources say Connors told him the process had to take its course and Khaiyum left in a huff.
Connors' contract was not renewed and the announcement a new Commissioner was on the way came two days ago - with Connors obviously removed from the role despite the regime's efforts to publicly 'thank him' for being at the helm since 2009.
The Fiji Sun's headline said 'Praise for legal body's ex-head', but there was no direct thanks or effusive acknowledgement of Connor's hard work by Khaiyum. Coverage by other media was even more cursory.
Khaiyum has made much of the fact that the ILSC works independently providing 'confidence to the public about the functions of the legal fraternity', but why is he interfering in the affairs of the ILSC, which is by decree to remain an independent body?
It cannot be denied that Connors fell on his own sword. Cavorting with the regime in any manner shape or form is simply an invitation to betrayal or being shafted.
Paul Madigan has been appointed the new 'independent' Legal Services Commissioner. But sources say Nazhat Shameem is at the ILSC everyday and dictates to staff.
Sources at the ILSC also confirm that it was Shameem who wrote the sentencing and judgment of Dr Shamsud D Sahu Khan, who was disbarred last year for professional misconduct. Connors only read it out - 10 minutes after she delivered it to his office that day.
ILSC will now be anything but independent with the drunkard Madigan at its helm.
We should also note that the ILSC is not truly independent as its funding is determined by Khaiyum's office. Section 88 of the Legal Practitioners Decree 2009 reads:
Remuneration and allowances
88. The Commissioner, whether appointed as part-time or full-time, is entitled to such remuneration and allowance as fixed by the President, upon the advice of the Attorney-General.
Again, the question: why the Attorney General? Why not the Public Service Commisson? Clearly, any semblance of independence is an illusion as the ILSC is just another tool for the regime to stifle opposition.