Lowering the dignity of judiciary: another corrupt move
Justice Sathasivam, 65, is expected to be sworn in on Friday. "If I say no to this job, I have to do farming in my village. As a former Chief Justice of India I can have good relations with the state and the Centre and it will benefit the people of Kerala," he told NDTV.
The opposition Congress has reminded the BJP of its own objections to post retirement positions for judges. Last year, Arun Jaitley, now union minister, had written in a blog, "I have held a strong view that Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts must not be eligible for jobs in the Government after retirement. In some cases, the pre-retirement judicial conduct of a judge is influenced by the desire to get a post retirement assignment."
The Congress alleges that Justice Sathasivam's appointment is linked to a case involving BJP president Amit Shah.
Just before his term ended, Justice Sathasivam was on the Supreme Court bench that scrapped a second FIR or police complaint against Amit Shah in a fake encounter killing case in Gujarat, saying it was linked to the bigger Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case and did not need to be separate.
A statement from Rashtrapati Bhavan confirmed Justice Sathasivam's appointment hours after over 100 Kerala lawyers sent a resolution to President Pranab Mukherjee, asking him not to go through with it.
Echoing political objections, the lawyers said if a person who held the highest judicial post is made Governor, which is a political appointment, then it will impact judicial independence.
This appointment is reducing the stature of the Chief Justice. The CJI administers oath of office to the President, how can such a person of high office be appointed the governor. more