CHENNAI: Former Chief Justice of India, P Sathasivam, today left for Kerala 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.
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 caseand did not need to be separate.
He declined to answer a question on Mullaperiyar and asserted that he will work for the welfare and development of the people of Kerala.
Justice Sathasivam was appointed Governor of Kerala yesterday.
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.