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Bar Association opposes ‘move’ to appoint Sathasivam as Kerala Gov

All India Bar Association chairman Adish C Aggarwala said the government’s move was ill advised and unethical.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi/bangalore | Published: September 1, 2014 2:40 am
A bench led by Chief Justice P Sathasivam constituted a three-member committee to study best practices around the world and submit recommendations to the court in three months. PTI How can a former CJI be appointed Governor, asked Aggarwala.

The NDA government’s reported move to appoint former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam as the Governor of Kerala has not gone down well with a section of the legal fraternity.

All India Bar Association (AIBA) chairman Adish C Aggarwala Sunday said the government’s move was ill advised and unethical, considering that when the BJP was in Opposition, it had repeatedly opposed post-retirement jobs for members of higher judiciary.

How can a former CJI be appointed Governor? What kind of a signal is the government trying to send? The BJP, when it was in Opposition, had repeatedly said it was opposed to post-retirement jobs for retired judges. What has changed now?” Aggarwala said.

He also said by planning to appoint former Supreme Court chief justice like Justice Sathasivam as Governor, the government was actually contracting the pool for the yet-to-be-constituted Lokpal as none of the former CJIs would be available for appointment as outgoing CJI R M Lodha has already said he is not interested. “Former CJI Sathasivam is a candidate for the post of Lokpal and by deciding to appoint him as Governor the Central government is preventing his appointment to that important post. The first Lokpal should be a former CJI whereas anyone can be appointed Governor. This is uncalled for,” Aggarwala said.

He also said the AIBA would write to President Pranab Mukherjee to oppose the appointment of Justice Sathasivam as Governor and request him to ask the government to constitute Lokpal at the earliest.

Kerala Congress president V M Sudheeran too came out against the appointment of Sathasivam as the Kerala Governor. Sudheeran said, “Sathasivam had been the Chief Justice of India. It was not proper to appoint a former CJI as Governor. It is the CJI who administers the oath of office to the President. It is not right that a person from such an office becomes a Governor under the post of the President. Everyone should think whether appointing  a former CJI as Governor is right.”

(With ENS, Thiruvananthapuram)

Siddaramaiah unhappy he wasn’t consulted on Gov appointment

BANGALORE: On the eve of the swearing-in of new Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala, CM Siddaramaiah Sunday expressed unhappiness over the Narendra Modi government not consulting him about his appointment to the state. “… it is customary that the Chief Minister is consulted before appointing the new Governor; they have done this (appointment) without consulting me,” he told reporters here.
Vala, 76, a former Gujarat Assembly Speaker who was considered a Modi loyalist, is set to take the oath for the Governor’s post Monday.


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  1. M
    Sep 1, 2014 at 10:50 am
    Although , Office of governor is a consutional post. But,due to appointment of governor by executive body,the post of governor has became more or less political post and central government use this post according to their own convenience .Offering the post of governor to higher judicial member is a kind of seduction by central government for continuing judges.For continuing judges , it may become difficult to resist the temptation of lucrative post like governor post retirement and they may give hesitate in giving the decision ,which may hurt the government.This will lead to erosion in integrity and independence of judiciary. At till at least higher judiciary was more or less known for their integrity and independence but manner in which government is curtailing upon the independence and integrity of judiciary by bringing faulty way of appointment of judges and seducing the judges by giving lucrative posts is very dangerous for healthy functioning of India democracy because free judiciary is one of three pillar of democracy. IN my opinion ,it will be correct for respected CJI to reject the post of governor for the sake of integrity and independence of judiciary and in larger interest of the nation.
    1. F
      Sep 1, 2014 at 5:03 am
      Justice sadasivam is power hungry when he retired he expressed his wish that he would accept any post beffiting his stature , which no CJI has said before, second water dispute exists between kerala and tamilnadu , definetely sadasivam will be biased towards tamilnadu, there are also doubts in the minds of people of kerala about his role in the mullaperiyar verdict which was in favour of tamilnadu. so lets hope BJP govt will not appont him as governor of kerala
      1. H
        Sep 2, 2014 at 4:14 am
        Yeah. My heart bleeds for Kerala - a secular (read Christian) state. Boo hoo. Didn't you guys just kill a RSS worker? You guys need to learn how to live in a society and "integrate" yourself, like "normal" people with others.
        1. M
          madan gupta
          Sep 1, 2014 at 11:08 pm
          A money hungry CJI Gajindragar was made VC of several universities, he favored the Congress govt in Gorakhnath case. Nothing new. All are money hungry, they want money till death. He may not be getting pension then, he cannot draw two benefits from government.
          1. S
            Sep 1, 2014 at 5:24 am
            when Justice S H Kapadia known for his integerity is not given any post then why sadasivam is considered for the post of governor
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