Iqbal Singh was on Monday sworn in as Lt Governor of the Union Territory of Puducherry. Chief Justice of Madras High Court H L Gokhale administered the oath of office to him at a function at the Raj Nivas.
Iqbal Singh (64) is the 20th Lt Governor of Puducherry after it became part of Indian Union through de jure transfer of power from the French in 1962.
Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala has been holding additional charge of Puducherry since April this year after the demise of Lt Governor Govind Singh Gurjar on April 6.
Union Minister of State for Planning, Parliamentary Affairs and Culture V Narayanasamy, Chief Minister V Vaithilingam and his cabinet colleagues, Speaker R Radhakrishnan, Deputy Speaker AV Sreedharan, leader of the opposition AM H Nazeem and former Speaker MD R Ramachandran were among those present at the ceremony.
Singh later inspected a guard of honour by the Puducherry Police and hosted a tea for all the invitees.
Hailing from Jalandhar, Singh served as Rajya Sabha member between 1992 and 1998. He was also an AICC observer in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkand, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh, besides being AICC secretary for 12 years.