Ramkrishnan Suryabhan Gavai

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Ramkrishnan Suryabhan Gavai (Marathi: रामकृष्ण सूर्यभान गवई, Malayalam: രാമകൃഷ്ണന്‍ സുര്യഭാന്‍ ഗവി; born October 30, 1929) is an Indian politician and a former Governor of Kerala from 10 July 2008 to 25 August 2011. 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.[1]

In 1998, Gavai was elected to the 12th Lok Sabha from Amravati (Lok Sabha constituency), 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.[1] He was sworn in as Governor of Kerala on July 10, 2008.[2]

Gavai is a recipient of the Kusta Mitra Award, as well as the National Integration awards for peace and harmony.[1]

Overruling of AG's advice in Lavalin case[edit]

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 in the SNC-Lavalin case.[3] This became controversial as he ignored the advice of the Advocate General not to allow the CBI to prosecute Vijayan. The CPI(M) termed Gavai's decision as unfortunate and politically motivated,[4] whereas the opposition parties of the state, including Indian National Congress welcomed the governor's decision.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Gopalkrishna Gandhi
Governor of Bihar
22 June 2006 – 10 July 2008
Succeeded by
R. L. Bhatia
Preceded by
R. L. Bhatia
Governor of Kerala
10 July 2008 – 25 August 2011
Succeeded by
M. O. H. Farook