"Defender of constitutional and human liberties", Justice KV Viswanathan remembers Soli J. Sorabjee

"He deeply believed in the rule of law which for him was not just a legalistic slogan, but a noble concept and denoted a way of life,” said Viswanathan.

Justice K.V. Viswanathan (Photo: IANS)
Justice K.V. Viswanathan (Photo: IANS)


“Soli J. Sorabjee was a defender of the Constitution and human liberties,” said Supreme Court Judge Justice K.V. Viswanathan, at the Soli J. Sorabjee Memorial Lecture organised by O.P Jindal Global University to honour the memory of renowned jurist and former Attorney General of India, Soli J. Sorabjee.

“He was a champion of federalism, a defender of minority rights. He was a strong advocate for free and fair elections and a leader of the bar who fought for independence of the judiciary. He had a deep sense of public service and was a strong supporter of free speech and will be remembered for his scholarship, his knowledge and his many landmark judgements. He was also a great protagonist of the value of fraternity -- a value which was most visible during the pandemic -- as laid down in our Constitution.

"He deeply believed in the rule of law which for him was not just a legalistic slogan, but a noble concept and denoted a way of life,” said Viswanathan.

Justice K.V. Viswanathan also awarded the Soli J. Sorabjee Endowment Award & Scholarship instituted by O.P. Jindal Global University to Pragati Thapa for securing the highest score in the course, Human Rights Law & Theory, at the Jindal Global Law School.

For Sorabjee, human rights were the conscience of the Constitution, and an independent judiciary, its conscience keeper. Therefore, the Scholarship and Award stands reminiscent of Soli Sorabjee’s achievements and his contributions to Human Rights advocacy in all its forms and an area of close interest to Sorabjee.

Endowment Award and Scholarship has been established with the aid of a generous endowment instituted by Senior Advocate Satvik Varma in his personal capacity for a period of 20 years. 

The Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar observed that “the Distinguished Lecture Series is not just a way of remembering a legal luminary but also to celebrate a scholarly life dedicated to the promotion of rule of law. Those who have been associated with Soli. J. Sorabjee were touched by his profound understanding of law and by his erudition. He is remembered for his contribution and commitment to advancing the cause of legal education and the legal profession. Here today is present a galaxy of renowned legal experts who in one way or another were inspired by Mr. Sorabjee.”

Satvik Varma, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India recalled that he established the Soli. J. Sorabjee endowment at Jindal Global Law School to recognize the importance of providing quality legal education for students.

“This award recognizes the academic achievement of a student in the field of human rights, which was an area closer to Mr. Sorabjee’s heart. This award will encourage future generations of lawyers to focus on human rights as an area of expertise,” said Varma.

Professor (Dr.) S.G. Sreejith Executive Dean, Jindal Global Law School recalled the intellectual convictions and sensibilities of Soli Sorabjee and the depth that he brought to the subject.

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