Thiruvananthapuram | Political leaders, legal luminaries and social activists today expressed grief at the death of Justice V R Krishna Iyer who left a deep impression in legal, social and political realms over the last several decades. As soon as the news of his death spread, condolence messages began pouring in with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan and leaders of all political parties paying rich tributes to him. Recalling his services as a lawyer, judge and minister, they noted that Iyer’s was a most eagerly listened voice as he intervened in all social issues to uphold the public interests and larger national concerns.
In a message, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said as the first Home Minister of Kerala, Iyer had been instrumental in bringing in reforms in police and penitentiary sytem in the state.
As lawyer, judge and administrator, Iyer always sought to help the poor and marginalised, Achuthanandan said. CPI(M) polit bureau member M A Baby said Iyer holds a unique distinction of serving the judiciary, executive and legislature, the three main pillars of democracy, with great distinction. Members of the legal fraternity and judiciary also paid rich tributes to Iyer recalling the services he had rendered.
Chandy, in his message, said Iyer had been the conscience keeper of Kerala by his intervention in social, legal and political domains and the entire country eagerly listened to his views. Apart from being an eminent jurist, he also left an indelible mark as a public figure, able administrator and human rights campaigner, the Chief Minister said. BJP state president V Muraleedharan said Iyer was a jurist who gave a human touch to his judgements.
Iyer was keen on a government led by Narendra Modi to come to power at the Centre and he did not hide this before the Lok Sabha polls, Muraleedharan claimed. Kerala governor and former Chief Justice of India Justice P Sathasivam in a condolence message described Iyer as a legal luminary who lived like a legend.
Sathasivam said Iyer was a lighthouse to practitioners of law, guiding them through the right path towards justice. His timely intervention and interpretation opened the doors of justice for the oppressed classes, he said. As a lawyer, legislator, jurist, judge and campaigner, he was a unique phenomenon, never lured by power, position or temptations of any kind, he said. His demise is an irreparable loss not only to the legal fraternity but the entire country, he added.
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