Thursday, December 04, 2014

Justice Krishna Iyer

Justice V.R.Krishna Iyer who passed away today (4th December) was a legend in his lifetime itself. His compassion for the poor and the distraught was proverbial. He gave a human face to law. He made full use of his command over highfalutin words  to creatively interpret (distort, if you are not in agreement) legal provisions.

He was not without his share of controversy. He took recourse to 'democratic dharma' to grant a conditional stay to the Allahabad High Court judgment invalidating Indira Gandhi's "corrupt" election. Had he ruled otherwise, declaration of the infamous Emergency would have been non est. It is possible that he would have regretted, in later years, his out-of-the-way judgment.

He lived to complete 100 years. His demise is a great loss to whoever cares for the neglected and the forlorn. May his kind soul rest in eternal peace.

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