Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, in his inaugural address at the First Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer Memorial Lecture Series, confessed, “I am a die-hard fan of Justice VR Krishna Iyer.” He also stated, “Ïf we compare the judicial landscape with the Himalayas, Justice VR Krishna Iyer was the Mount Everest.”
He further stated that it is inconceivable today that a judge who was in active politics, had been a Minister and had been prosecuted in 10 criminal cases can be elevated to the Supreme Court, as it happened with Justice VR Krishna Iyer.
Stating that the collegium has become stringent today, CJI TS Thakur summed it up, saying, “Times have changed.”
CJI TS Thakur further drew a similarity between the Bhagawad Gita and Justice VR Krishna Iyer’s judgements, saying: “When you read the Bhagwad Gita, you learn something new but you cannot understand all of it. For instance, where it is said that do your karma, leave the rest to God – it sounds so simple and easy, but if you are a human being and you try to do this, you will see how difficult it is to put into practice. The deeper you study Justice VR Krishna Iyer’s judgments, the more new things you learn. Honestly speaking, I believe that you have to read Justice VR Krishna Iyer’s judgements several times to understand them wholly and each time, you learn something new.”
Praising Justice VR Krishna Iyer’s phenomenal vocabulary, CJI TS Thakur quipped lightly, saying, “For an Indian to introduce new words in English language, I think it is only a man from Kerala eating lots of fish, who can do this.” This comment drew laughter from the audience.