Controversy

Justice as Governor?

Print edition : October 03, 2014

Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala, welcomes Justice P. Sathasivam, the newly appointed Governor, in Thiruvananthapuram on September 4. Photo: S. Gopakumar

Justice A.P. Shah, Chairman, Law Commission of India. He is against a former Chief Justice accepting a government post after retirement. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Chennai, January 1997: Justice Fathima Beevi with Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and Tamil Maanila Congress leader G.K. Moopanar after she was sworn in as Governor. Her appointment was criticised for lack of propriety.

P. Sathasivam’s acceptance of the post of Governor of Kerala four months after he retired as Chief Justice of India is widely seen as inappropriate and as an act that could compromise the independence of the judiciary.
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