New Governor Sathasivam ?


Now, there is another speculation about the possibility of appointing new Governor to both the Telugu states-Andhra Pradesh. The name of Justice Sathasivam is doing rounds in the lobbies of South Block, New Delhi. Following his judiciary back-ground, the home ministry has reportedly chosen his name for the position of Governor,of two Telugu states, as he is believed to be a right person to address the legal issues , those are being raised by both the Telugu states. These developments have taken place, following the present Governor ESL Narasimhan’s reported disinterest in continuance in the office. It is a known fact that the two Chief Ministers have skipped his High-Tea program, organised in Rajbhavan, on August 15th. Not only that, the phone tapping issue and further developments, and also TDP leaders comments on him, reportedly have prompted the Governor to quit. Though these are the un-confirmed reports, speculation about the new Governor is going on in South Block.

In case Sthasivam’s name is chosen for the position of Governor, several eyebrows may raise, as already objections were there during his appointment as Governor of Kerala. Despite objections from many quarters, Narendra Modi-led NDA government on Wednesday appointed ex-Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam as Governor of Kerala. 65-year-old Sathasivam is the first Chief Justice of India (CJI) to be appointed to the post which is lower in warrant of precedence to the CJI. He is the first non-political person appointed for a gubernatorial post by the  NDA government, in last September. Sathasivam was on the Supreme Court bench that scrapped a second FIR against Shah in the fake case, saying it was linked to the bigger Sohrabuddin Sheikh killing case and did not need to be separated. It may be recalled that retired apex court judge KT Thomas once said that retired Supreme Court and high court judges should take a two-year “quarantine period” from any posts barring that of a judicial inquiry commission. Sathasivam,  who hails from the state of Tamil Nadu, was the 40th chief justice of India, holding office from July 2013 to April 2014.