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Ex-CJI as Kerala Gov: Cong asks is this a thank-you for helping Shah?

“Because an exception is being made, the question is why this is being done, that too for a Chief Justice who just retired," asked Sharma.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 3, 2014 1:02 am
CJI P Sathasivam. CJI P Sathasivam.

Protesting against the appointment of former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam as the Kerala Governor, the Congress on Tuesday questioned the reason behind the decision, asking if he was being “honoured” because he had done “some work” which had “pleased” Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah and “gladdened their hearts”.

Asking the NDA government to explain what prompted it to choose the “most recently retired” CJI over many of his predecessors, Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said, “This raises a question. Had he (Sathasivam) done some work which has pleased them? Prime Minister Modi is pleased, Amit Shah is pleased… for which he (Sathasivam) is being honoured?”

He was responding to a question on whether Sathasivam was being given the gubernatorial assignment for granting relief to Shah in a fake encounter case last year. A bench led by Sathasivam had quashed the CBI’s FIR against Shah in the Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter case.

Arun Jaitley, as Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, had repeatedly said that retired judges of Supreme Court, let alone the Chief Justice, should not be given any office or position. So the BJP should now clarify why have they made a departure from their stated position… why only an exception (was made) here,” said Sharma.

“Because an exception is being made, the question is why this is being done, that too for a Chief Justice who just retired. Is there anything in his persona, his functioning, or his decisions which have really attracted, very warmly, very positively, the acceptance of the Prime Minister and the BJP president? It is but natural that this question will be asked,” Sharma said.

“I am sure that there is something which has gladdened the hearts of the Prime Minister and the BJP leadership. Otherwise there were other equally qualified respected former CJIs who are living in this country,” he said.

“The CJI and the judges of the highest court should not be open to political patronage. It sends a wrong message and raises doubts. The independence of the judiciary is sacrosanct… Are we now moving to a system where we expect the judiciary to be committed to the government for political patronage post-retirement,” he said.

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  1. prakash gotimukul
    Sep 2, 2014 at 5:05 pm
    Congress ruled for 10 years with scam a day record. Most appointments were thrown out by SC and they had to make them resign. So calling names for every appointment is not going to work. You ruled the country and made rules. Now why complain when not in power. If you really had brains you should have created enough checks and balances so that misuse is stopped........but no it was congress which misused its position 99% times......so now dont shout and keep shut
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      Subodh
      Sep 3, 2014 at 1:29 am
      Congress is like the proverbial Cat, preaching to BJP after they had corrupted the Judiciary. I am amazed at Congress behaviour that they can stoop so low. This just strengthens my resolve for Congress Mukt Bharat.
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        Arvind
        Sep 2, 2014 at 6:17 pm
        Here we go again. Is Congress the opposition party or the conspiracy theory party?
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          Joby Joseph
          Sep 3, 2014 at 8:28 am
          Nice reward. Congress is not rewarding enough to ex-judges and ex-officials
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            imti
            Sep 3, 2014 at 1:50 am
            No, A first step to get back black money from Kerala congress and its network abroad - Sonia knows it.
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