On Sunday, February 12, retired Justice S Abdul Nazeer was appointed as the governor of Andhra Pradesh. His six-year-long term as a Supreme Court judge was completed on January 4. Earlier, he was a judge in the Karnataka High Court.
Nazeer's appointment has become the latest bone of contention between the Indian National Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). INC's general secretary Jairam Ramesh re-tweeted a 2012 video of the late Arun Jaitley where he could be seen saying that "pre-retirement judgements are influenced by post-retirement jobs… It is a threat to the Independence of the judiciary".
In response, law minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted, "The whole ecosystem is once again in full swing on the appointment of a Governor.