Despite opposition, the government on Wednesday appointed former Chief Justice of India Palaniswamy Sathasivam as the new governor of Kerala.
Sathasivam, 65, is the first CJI to be appointed to the post which is lower in warrant of precedence to the CJI.
A Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said the President has accepted the resignation of Sheila Dikshit, who submitted her papers last week. Sathasivam retired as the CJI this April. Congress had slammed the move to appoint Sathasivam as Kerala governor and wondered if the government was “pleased” with his judgement in the Amit Shah case. “Why was he made? This raises a question if he has done some work, for which they are pleased. Prime Minister Modi is pleased, Amit Shah is pleased and is that why he is being honoured?” Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma had said on Tuesday.
Sathasivam was on the Supreme Court bench that scrapped a 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. The Bar associations in Supreme Court and Kerala had also opposed the move.