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Beevi pays for Amma
It was Amma's
turn to play the game after Krunanidhi's long innings, but the price was
paid by one of the land's finest women, Tamil Nadu Governor Fathima Beevi
for her refusal to toe the line of the Centre. The Vajpayee Government
clearly expected a "favourable" report - slamming the Jayalalitha Government
for the arrests last week in Chennai. Governor Fathima Beevi, in her report,
justified the police action in Chennai, which was clearly not to the liking
of the Vajpayee Government. Before Vajpayee government could sack her, she
sent in her resignation to President K R Naryanan. The Governor had stated
the facts, that the two union ministers were arrested since they had
obstructed the police officials from discharging their duties when they went
to arrest Karunanidhi.
Fathima Beevi, 74, has many firsts to her credit – the first woman judge of
the Supreme Court and the first Muslim woman judge of any apex court in the
world. Beevi made to the top in the legal field from Kerala’s backwaters
without having any political godfather. When she was made a Supreme Court
judge in 1989, Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister. The Deve Gowda
government made her the Tamil Nadu governor in January 1997.
In between, she has been a member of the National Human Rights Commission
and the chairperson of the Kerala state commission for backward classes.
Hailing from Pathanamthitta district, she started her legal career in the
courts of Kollam. After holding several high positions in the legal field,
she was appointed a judge of the Kerala High court in 1987.
A champion of human rights and women’s causes, she is dedicated to promoting
education among the underprivileged in the country. There are speculations
that Fathima Beevi will be accommodated as a Rajya Sabha member.