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Sathasivam assumes office

Sathasivam assumes office
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Sathasivam assumes office, Former Chief Justice of India Palanisamy Sathasivam assumed office as 23rd Governor of Kerala, succeeding Sheila Dikshit.

VS says he was not invited to swearing-in

Thiruvananthapuram: Former Chief Justice of India Palanisamy Sathasivam assumed office as 23rd Governor of Kerala, succeeding Sheila Dikshit.

65-year-old Justice Sathasivam, whose appointment triggered debate in legal and political circles on the propriety of giving gubernatorial assignment to a former CJI, was administered the oath of office by Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, Justice Ashok Bhushan, at a simple function held at the Raj Bhavan here.
Acting chief justice of Kerala High Court Ashok Bhushan administers the oath of office to Kerala Governor P Sathasivam in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday
Saraswathy Sathasivam, wife of the Governor, was also present on the occasion.

Sathasivam is the first retired CJI to become a Governor of a state.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, his cabinet colleagues, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha P J Kurien and state Assembly Speaker G Karthikeyan were present.

CPI(M) stalwart and opposition leader V S Achuthanandan said he did not get an official invitation to attend the swearing-in of Justice P Sathasivam as Governor today and demanded a probe into the serious lapse.

Countering the Government's claim that he had been invited properly, Achuthanandan alleged neither he directly nor his Private Secretary was extended a formal invitation to attend the function held at the Raj Bhavan on Friday morning.

"All that my office received was car pass sent through an attender for the reception for the Governor-designate on his arrival yesterday. No official contacted either me or my Private Secretary over telephone," the nonagenarian leader, whose absence at the ceremony was conspicuous, said in a statement.

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