Ex-CJI Defends Appointment as Kerala Guv Amidst Controversy

Former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam said that he doesn't see any problem in accepting the governorship of Kerala and serving the country from a constitutional post after the Centre's reported move to appoint him Kerala Governor sparked a debate in political and legal circles on the propriety of giving gubernatorial assignment to a person who retired from the highest judicial office in the country.

While Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the Centre had so far not sought his views on the proposal, KPCC president V M Sudheeran said the issue involved questions of "propriety" but it was for legal and constitutional experts to give answers to them.

"It has been a convention to consult the Chief Minister concerned before appointing the Governor..This practice has been followed during the appointment of previous governors during my tenure as chief minister. (In this case) So far, I have not been consulted. I expect that convention would be followed this time as well," Chandy told reporters in Kozhikode.

Sudheeran said though there had been instances of retired judges being made Governors, the appointment of a former CJI could raise questions of propriety.

He, however, added it was for constitutional experts to give an answer to this question, but there was nothing wrong in debating the issue.

Meanwhile, a section of Kerala High Court Advocates Association members today pressed for passing a resolution by the body requesting the President to turn down the recommendation of central government to appoint Justice Sathasivam as the state Governor.

Former president of the association Babu Paul and 121 other members in a signed memorandum also wanted the association to request Justice Sathasivam to turn down his nomination to maintain the independence and integrity of judiciary and uphold the majesty of judicial system.

The resolution would be considered by the association tomorrow at an extra ordinary general body meeting, association sources said.

In July, 2014, when talks were on to appoint Sathasivam as the governor of Karnataka, All India Bar Association had made it clear that the appointment of former Supreme Court Chief Justice P Sathasivam as Governor of Karnataka would be a "deviation" from the Constitutional principles.

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6/D-31
Sep 02, 2014
08:22 AM

No surprise to see people defending the appointment.

Just because UPA discredited itself totally and completely ,we can justify such appointments.

Mind you the verdict on Shah not with standing ,which is being cited.

The CJI must explain how his son got a dealership of Maruti without paying deposit.

How many of those who are justifying the appointment will be extended the same largesse.

Why do war widows not get whats promised and there legitmate due.While a unknown gets such gifts for exemplary service to the Nation.

harun, chennai
5/D-26
Sep 02, 2014
07:52 AM

Hypocricy is not restricted to our very own Sage. Forget objections, no eyebrows were raised when people like Shivraj Patil - Minister to Speaker to Minister to Governor - or SM "Portugese" Krishna - CM to Governor to Union Minister - moved seemlessly between partisan positions ro constitutional ones and back. These wunderkind were able to switch their party allegiances off and on at will just like the models of propriety - Bhardwaj and Beniwal.

What's the difference between Chief Justices of High Courts and Puisne Judges of the SC who have become Governors, and the CJI. For that matter if crooks like Balakrihnan can be rewarded with post retirement sinecures, why shouldn't Sathasivam against whom there are no allegations of impropriety. Not that it will matter to the whiners, but the govt which appointed Sathasivam is not the one which was in power when he was CJI.

Bonita, Chennai
4/D-21
Sep 02, 2014
05:02 AM

This CJI dubakor over smart Sadasivam committed an error of judgement is allowing dubakor fraud EVMs in phased manner instead of replacing all of them before all the EVMs were replaced with fool proof voting system thus murdering democracy that helped snatching of power by tampering these dubakor EVMs. Therefore he is rewarded for murdering democracy that was suggested by CEC dubakor Sampath who is also waiting for a reward for murdering democracy.

Awakenmedia, Bengaluru
3/D-8
Sep 02, 2014
01:49 AM

no questios were raised when former CEC gill became minister overnight

anshul, indore
2/D-88
Sep 01, 2014
10:26 PM

It is good sign that Govt is appointing learned and 'Nishpakas' luminaries as Governors.

But Oomen Chandi was more comfortable with Sheila Dixit who took Chandy's shelter to escape the questioning by the Police in CWG loot .

She purchased Toilet Tissues rolls for Rs 4,4 35 per Roll where as the market price is Rs 45 per Roll .

The argument that Judges will not give fare Judgement if they aaare looking for Governor's post.

Those who did never compromised as Judges will neve rcompromise even if they are made PM.

By that yard stick EC MS Gill   can we assume did gave favours to Congress ??
It is good omen that Govt is appointing learned and 'Nishpakas' lumaries as Governors.

But Oomen Chandi was more comfortable with Sheila Dixit who too Chandy's shelter to escape the questioning by the Police in CWG loot .

She purchased Toilet Tissues rolls for Rs 44 35 per Role where as the market price is Rs 45 per Roll .

The argument that Judges wii not give fare Judgements if they were looking for Governor's post.

Those who did never compromised as Judges will neve rcompromise even if they are made PM.

By that yard stick EC sardar ji we can assume did gavours to Congress.
It is good omen that Govt is appointing learned and 'Nishpakas' lumaries as Governors.

But Oomen Chandi was more comfortable with Sheila Dixit who too Chandy's shelter to escape the questioning by the Police in CWG loot .

She purchased Toilet Tissues rolls for Rs 44 35 per Role where as the market price is Rs 45 per Roll .

The argument that Judges wii not give fare Judgements if they were looking for Governor's post.

Those who did never compromised as Judges will neve rcompromise even if they are made PM.

By that yard stick EC sardar ji we can assume did gavours to Congress.
It is good omen that Govt is appointing learned and 'Nishpakas' lumaries as Governors.

But Oomen Chandi was more comfortable with Sheila Dixit who too Chandy's shelter to escape the questioning by the Police in CWG loot .

She purchased Toilet Tissues rolls for Rs 44 35 per Role where as the market price is Rs 45 per Roll .

The argument that Judges wii not give fare Judgements if they were looking for Governor's post.

Those who did never compromised as Judges will neve rcompromise even if they are made PM.

By that yard stick EC sardar ji we can assume did gavours to Congress.

Congressis rotey dhote hee rehin gein always .

ashok kumar ghai, Mumbai
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