Permission of Governor not needed when moving apex court: P Sathasivam
Kozhikode: Former Kerala Governor and retired Chief Justic of India P Sathasivam has reacted to the face-off between the Kerala Government and Governor Arif Mohammed Khan over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Sathasivam said that the permission of the Governor is not needed when the state is approaching the Supreme Court (SC) on any issue.
The former Governor said that the chief minister can inform the Governor as a matter of courtesy and is not duty bound to inform the Governor. Either the law minister or the chief secretary must be informed on important matters, he said.
He also added that this is the practice that was followed when he was ruling the state as Governor.
Sathasivam said that chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan should have informed the Governor of all issues as head of the state as a matter of courtesy.
Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has sought a report from the government for violation and departing from the rule from the provisions of the constitution when the government approached the apex court on CAA without informing him. He had said that they should have informed him first as constitutional head of state.
Sathasivam was the Chief Justice of India between 2013 and 2014. He is also the first former CJI to be appointed as the Governor of a state.