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‘Law administered is “dharma”’

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Rewarding justice:K.Parasaran, MP and former Attorney General of India, receving a memento from R. Sethuraman, right, Vice Chancellor of SASTRA University in Thanjavur on Saturday.Photo: B.Velankanni Raj
Rewarding justice:K.Parasaran, MP and former Attorney General of India, receving a memento from R. Sethuraman, right, Vice Chancellor of SASTRA University in Thanjavur on Saturday.Photo: B.Velankanni Raj

: Law administered is “dharma” and reason is the soul of law, said K.Parasaran, MP, and former Attorney General of India, here on Saturday.

Delivering the ninth Nani Palkhivala Memorial lecture on “Law and Dharma” at SASTRA University here, Mr. Parasaran said the rule of law is “Sarvajana Sukhino Bavanthu,” i.e., everyone should be happy.

Articles 19-2 and 26 of the constitution speak about morality. Moral is the foundation for laws and legislation is the voice of the people. He also stressed the importance of ethical conscience. “Ethical foundation should not be forgotten”, he added.

Quoting the story of Manuneedhi Cholan, Parasaran said it is important that justice appears to have been done. Though it was a “wrong verdict” given by Manuneedhi Cholan from the point of view of law, as the calf came under the wheel of the chariot which had bells to alert people, and as the chariot was plying in a lane meant for royals and as it is the duty of the cow to protect the calf, Manuneedhi Cholan gave the verdict to do justice to the cow from the point of view of “Dharma”.

T. S. Sivagnanam, Judge, Madras High Court, Chennai, said while it is the duty of the parliament and State legislatures to enact laws, Judges deliver judgements as per the laws.

R.Sethuraman, Vice Chancellor, SASTRA University, Vaidhyasubramanian, Dean, participated in the lecture.

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