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Director-General of Prosecution passes away

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V.G. Govindan Nair

Kochi: Director-General of Prosecution V.G. Govindan Nair, 73, died on Tuesday at a private hospital here.

He is survived by his wife and a daughter. He had been under treatment for cancer at the hospital.

The body was kept for public viewing at the office of the Bar Council of Kerala. Chief Justice J. Chelameswar, judges, Advocate-General C.P. Sudhakara Prasad, Kerala High Court Advocates' Association president V.V. Sidhardhan and lawyers paid homage. Later, the body was taken to Thiruvananthapuram.

Govindan Nair was appointed DGP on September 18, 2008, after P.G. Thampi resigned from the post, citing personal reasons. He was also Special Attorney at the Lok Ayukta.

A prominent criminal lawyer and a keen sports enthusiast, he had handled several sensational criminal cases in courts in the State, especially in the High Court. He had defended the State government and prosecution stance in many cases, including the Paul M. George murder case, case relating to ragging at the School of Medical Education, Kottayam, and the Santhosh Madhavan case before the High Court.

After passing out from Government Law College in 1961, he enrolled as lawyer on February 19, 1962. He was a member of the Bar Council of Kerala for three terms and served as a member of the Bar Council of India from 1985 to 1988.

Sports administration

He was a member of the Kerala State Sports Commission which looked into the development of sports in the State.

He was on the executive committee of the Indian Olympic Committee from 1983 to 1987 in his capacity as president of the Kerala Olympic Association and was primarily instrumental in bringing the Second National Games to Thiruvananthapuram in December, 1987.

He had a major role in the enactment of the Kerala Sports Act of 2000 when he functioned as president of the Kerala Sports Council.

The Kerala Assistant Public Prosecutors Association condoled the death of Govindan Nair. Association president K.O. Raju and general secretary T.A. Nahas paid tributes to him.

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