P Sathasivam sworn-in as Kerala governor

Former chief justice of India (CJI) P Sathasivam, who had on Thursday dismissed any controversy in his appointment, was on Friday morning sworn-in as the new governor of Kerala.

Thiruvananthapuram: Former chief justice of India (CJI) P Sathasivam was sworn-in as the new governor of Kerala on Friday morning.

The acting chief justice of the Kerala High Court, Ashok Bhushan, administered the oath to Sathasivam at the Raj Bhavan here.

The appointment of 65-year-old Sathasivam as the 23rd Governor of Kerala had triggered a debate in legal and political circles on the propriety of giving gubernatorial assignment to a former CJI. Notably, Sathasivam is the first former CJI to become the governor of a state.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, his Cabinet colleagues, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien and Kerala Assembly Speaker G Karthikeyan were present at the function.

However, LDF leaders did not turn up for the function.

Sathasivam succeeded former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit who had resigned last week and flew out of the state on Thursday. He was appointed as Kerala governor by President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday.

The Congress and the Kerala government had termed Sathasivam's appointment "inappropriate". People from his own judicial fraternity had also raised opposition to his appointment.

After his appointment on September 3, Sathasivam, who retired as CJI in April this year, had said, "I can utilise my service to the people of the state in a better way compared to other politicians."

"I want to utilise my experience for the people of the particular state (Kerala)," he had said.

(With Agency inputs)

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