1 min read.Updated: 08 Oct 2014, 06:52 PM ISTApoorva
A bench headed by the new chief justice H.L. Dattu refused to entertain the petition filed by Mohammed Ali
The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition asking it to declare the appointment of former chief justice of India P. Sathasivam as Kerala governor unconstitutional and null and void.
A bench headed by the new chief justice H.L. Dattu refused to entertain the petition filed by Bangalore-based Mohammed Ali, which also asked the court to declare that SC judges cannot accept posts with the government at the Centre or state levels.
The petitioner said the post of the governor was a “political post", and argued that the appointment of someone from the judiciary to such a post goes against the constitutional mandate. The petitioner also asked if central and state governments needed to consult the chief justice of India or the chief justices of respective high courts before appointing retired judges to tribunals and commissions such as the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission and the National Human Rights Commission.
The counsel appearing for the petitioner said that this issue concerned “the independence of the judiciary" and “it was high time this matter was considered" but the bench was unconvinced.