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[ FRIDAY, MAY 09, 2003 12:51:47 AM ]

CHANDIGARH : Retd justice Om Prakash Verma on Thursday took over as the 30th governor of Punjab at a simple yet well attended oath ceremony at Punjab Raj Bhawan.

 

Verma would also be the chief administrator of the union terrority of Chandigarh .

 

Verma, who succeeded JFR Jacob, was administered oath of office and secrecy in English by Punjab and Haryana chief justice Binod Kumar Roy .

 

Punjab chief secretary Rajan Kashyap read out the order of Verma's appointment issued by Indian President APJ Abul Kalam .

 

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh and his cabinet colleagues, opposition leader Parkash Singh Badal and other prominent Akali leaders, former union minister Buta Singh , state Congress chief HS Hanspal , BJP legislative party leader Avinash Rai Khanna , senior officials also attended the ceremony.

 

Soon after taking the oath, Verma was surrounded by VIPs and garlanded.

 

His wife Shobha Verma and mother Anita Verma , along with other family members were also present. Earlier, Jacob was given a warm send off at Raj Bhawan and escorted to his car by Amarinder Singh and other cabinet ministers, while Partap Bajwa went to see him off at the airport.

 

Sixty six years old Verma was the Lok Ayukta of Himachal Pradesh 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 Lok Ayukt of Himachal Pradesh in less than two months on May 17, 1999 .

 

Since there was a gap between Jacob '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, Jagir Kaur were seen talking to cabinet ministers and senior Congress leaders.

Ironically, the ‘gap' was filled in by ‘pleasant' communication from the opposite sides.


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