KOCHI: “But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep....by serving the public,” said former Supreme Court Judge V R Krishna Iyer quoting the American poet Robert Frost.
He was delivering the keynote address at the High Court Advocates Association Hall after the release of the book, “Speaking for The Bench”, which includes his landmark judgments, here on Tuesday.
“Speaking for The Bench”, edited by P B Sahasranaman, advocate of the Kerala High Court, reflects Justice Krishna Iyer’s quintessential style during his tenure as a judge of the Kerala High Court and the Supreme Court.
Divided into seven parts, the volume analyses succinctly the key judgments like the Indira Gandhi case and also interprets the circumstantial basis leading to judicial decisions. At the release, Justice Manjula Chellur, Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, termed Krishna Iyer as a revolutionary judge.
She recollected that all the verdicts that Iyer had delivered have indeed helped the public. “His judgments are pieces of literary work,” she said. Justice Chellur hailed Iyer’s extraordinary mastery over the language and the timely use of apt words.
Speaking after receiving the first copy of the book, Justice C N Ramachandran Nair said that Iyer’s hallmark style is a matter of pride for Keralites and that the book will definitely be a beacon for those engaged in law. He also appreciated the effort of P B Sahasranaman in compiling the volume.
Oxford University Press in collaboration with the Kerala Advocates’ Association launched the book as part of the centenary book fair.