justice Om Prakash Verma on Thursday took over as the 30th governor of
at a simple yet well attended oath
ceremony at Punjab Raj Bhawan.
Verma would also be the chief administrator
of the union terrority of
Verma, who succeeded JFR Jacob, was
administered oath of office and secrecy in English by
and Haryana chief justice
secretary Rajan Kashyap read out the order of Verma's appointment issued by
and his cabinet colleagues,
opposition leader Parkash Singh Badal and other prominent Akali leaders, former
, state Congress chief
, BJP legislative party leader
, senior officials also attended the
Soon after taking the oath, Verma was
surrounded by VIPs and garlanded.
, along with other family members were also present. Earlier,
was given a warm send off at Raj Bhawan
and escorted to his car by
cabinet ministers, while
went to see him off at
Sixty six years old Verma was the
since May 1999. He also had the
additional charge of State Human Rights Commission for few months, till the
commission was scrapped in September last year.
Verma graduated from Uttar Pradesh Civil
Judicial Service to a judge of Allahabad High Court in December 1984, and was
elevated as chief justice of Kerala High Court, 13 years later in 1997. After
attaining superannuation age in March 1999, Verma was appointed
in less than two months on
May 17, 1999
Since there was a gap between
's send off and the oath ceremony of the
new governor, most VIPs remained seated in the pandal despite the hot weather.
Senior Akali leaders like Badal, Gurdev Singh Badal,
talking to cabinet ministers and senior Congress leaders.
Ironically, the ‘gap' was filled in by ‘pleasant'
communication from the opposite sides.