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‘Good governance depends on trust’

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Supreme Court judge K.S. Radhakrishnan, Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court Manjula Chellur, and Christopher Forsyth, Professor of Public Law and Private International Law, University of Cambridge, at the inaugural function of the M.K.Nambiyar Endowment at NUALS in Kochi on Saturday.— Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
Supreme Court judge K.S. Radhakrishnan, Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court Manjula Chellur, and Christopher Forsyth, Professor of Public Law and Private International Law, University of Cambridge, at the inaugural function of the M.K.Nambiyar Endowment at NUALS in Kochi on Saturday.— Photo: Thulasi Kakkat

Supreme Court Judge K.S. Radhakrishnan on Saturday inaugurated the M.K. Nambiyar Endowment instituted at the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS).

Inaugurating the endowment instituted in memory of eminent Supreme Court Lawyer M.K. Nambiyar, the Supreme Court Judge said that it was Nambiyar who had helped the Supreme Court in interpreting the scope and extent of fundamental rights.

He said Nambiyar was held in high esteem by the lawyer fraternity in the Supreme Court and other courts.

Acting Chief Justice Manjula Chellur presided over the function.

Delivering the 2012 M.K. Nambiyar Law Lecture, on “The Province of Legitimate Expectations Redefined”, Prof. Christopher Forsyth, Professor of Public Law and Private International Law, University of Cambridge, said the justification for the protection of legitimate expectation was the simple idea that the law should protect the trust reposed in a promise made by an official.

In fact, good governance depends on the trust between the governed and the governor.

Unless that trust was sustained and protected, officials could not be believed.

Abuse of power was the “root concept” justifying protection of legitimate expectations.

He said when an individual reposed “trust in a promise” made explicitly or implicitly by a decision- maker and legitimately expected the promise would be fulfilled, that trust should be protected by the law.

Senior Advocate Krishnan Venugopal, grandson of M.K. Nambiyar spoke at the event.

Prof. N.K. Jayakumar, Vice-Chancellor, NUALS, welcomed the gathering and Prof. P. Leelakrishnan, Member, Executive Council, NUALS, proposed a vote of thanks.

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