Former Chief Justice of India, P Sathasivam, left for Kerala on Thursday to take over as the Governor of that state and reiterated that he would work for the welfare of the people and use his knowledge for their betterment.
“I did not accept any arbitration work for any corporate entity after my retirement. I wholeheartedly accept this position of Governor of Kerala state,” he told reporters at his native Kadappanallur village about 15 km from Bhavani in Erode district of Tamilnadu.
On reservations in certain quarters about his appointment, Sathasivam said he would talk with members of the Bar in Kerala.
Asked if he was made Governor for his verdict in a case involving BJP President Amit Shah, he told reporters before boarding a flight to Kerala that the allegation was “completely wrong.”
“It is not legal to file a second FIR,” he said and stressed that “no one was freed and we (as judges) do not see whether it was a politician or otherwise”.
Sathasivam was on the Supreme Court bench that scrapped the second FIR against Shah in a fake encounter case, saying it was linked to the bigger Sohrabuddin Sheikh killing case and did not need to be separate.
Justice Sathasivam was appointed as Governor of Kerala on Wednesday.
Congress had flayed the move to appoint Sathasivam as Kerala Governor and wondered whether the government was “pleased” with his judgement in the Amit Shah case.
The Bar association in Supreme Court and Kerala had also petitioned the President against the appointment, saying there was impropriety in a person who had served as CJI being appointed as Governor by the President.
Expressing surprise over the objection raised by some quarters to his assuming the gubernatorial post, Sathasivam said in Coimbatore, “I do not know why they are objecting.”
“Considering my experience in the judiciary for the last 19 years and not taking any post, including as consultant or tribunal after my retirement on April 26, might have made the Government to appoint me as Governor,” he said.
To another question on the opposition from Bar Association, Delhi, he quipped, “If there is objection for the appointment, I will go back and involve in agriculture.”
Sathasivam said as the Governor, he would be a bridge between the Centre and state, for having good mutual relationship and work for the welfare for the people of the state.