Sathasivam to Take Over as Governor, Leaves for Kerala

Former Chief Justice of India, P Sathasivam, today left for Kerala to take over as the Governor of that state and reiterated that he would work for the welfare of the people and use his knowledge for their betterment.

"I did not accept any arbitration work for any corporate entity after my retirement.I wholeheartedly accept this position of Governor of Kerala state," he told reporters at his native Kadappanallur village about 15 km from Bhavani in Erode district.

On reservations in certain quarters about his appointment, Sathasivam said he would talk with members of the Bar in Kerala.

Asked if he was made Governor for his verdict in a case involving BJP President Amit Shah, he told reporters before boarding a flight to Kerala that the allegation was "completely wrong."

"It is not legal to file a second FIR," he said and stressed that "no one was freed and we (as judges) do not see whether it was a politician or otherwise".

Sathasivam was on the Supreme Court bench that scrapped the second FIR against Shah in a fake encounter case, saying it was linked to the bigger Sohrabuddin Sheikh killing case and did not need to be separate.

He declined to answer a question on Mullaperiyar and asserted that he will work for the welfare and development of the people of Kerala.

Justice Sathasivam was appointed Governor of Kerala yesterday.

Congress had flayed the move to appoint Sathasivam as Kerala Governor and wondered whether the government was "pleased" with his judgement in the Amit Shah case.

The Bar association in Supreme Court and Kerala had also petitioned the President against the appointment, saying there was impropriety in a person who had served as CJI being appointed as Governor by the President.

Expressing surprise over the objection raised by some quarters to his assuming the gubernatorial post, Sathasivam said in Coimbatore, "I do not know why they are objecting."

"Considering my experience in the judiciary for the last 19 years and not taking any post, including as consultant or tribunal after my retirement on April 26, might have made the Government to appoint me as Governor," he said.

"I am not a politician nor have any political affiliation," he told reporters at the airport there.

To another question on the opposition from Bar Association, Delhi, he quipped, "If there is objection for the appointment, I will go back and involve in agriculture."

Sathasivam said as the Governor, he would be a bridge between the Centre and state, for having good mutual relationship and work for the welfare for the people of the state.

Meanwhile, social activist Kiran Bedi, in her reaction to the appointment of Sathasivam as Governor, said there was no law opposing appointment of a former justice or bureaucrat for the gubernatorial or any other post.

"However, I feel there should be a cooling off period of two years, which would be good," she said, adding, it was for the government to pick and choose, what they thought was the best.

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