Ramkrishnan Suryabhan Gavai
: രാമകൃഷ്ണന് സുര്യഭാന് ഗവി; born October 30, 1929) is an Indian
politician and current Governor of Kerala
from 26 June 2008. He was previously Governor of Bihar
from 2006 to 2008.
An agriculturist by profession and an avid wrestler, Gavai is from the state of Maharashtra
. From 1964 to 1994, he was a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council; during that time, he was Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council from 1968 to 1978, Chairman from 1978 to 1984, and Leader of the Opposition of the Legislative Council from 1986 to 1988., The Hindu
, June 27, 2008.
In 1998, Gavai was elected to the 12th Lok Sabha
, and in June 2006 he became Governor of Bihar
. He was the acting Governor of Sikkim
from 13 July 2006 to 12 August 2006. On June 26, 2008, Gavai was instead appointed as Governor of Kerala
, switching posts with Kerala Governor R. L. Bhatia
., IST, PTI (The Times of India
), July 10, 2008.
Gavai is a recipient of the Kusta Mitra Award, as well as the National Integration awards for peace and harmony.
Overruling of AG's advice in Lavalin case
On 7 June 2009, Gavai gave the Central Bureau of Investigation
the permission to prosecute CPI(M) Kerala State Secretary and former Kerala Electricity Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
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