Justice Krishna Iyer Blasts!!!

Posted by Freddy on Jan-22-2011

It’s been months that the Mullaperiyar Dam has wedged on flames. It has become a hot topic among the politicians and the media alike. Today even the laymen in both the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu are debating on the issue.  But when someone like Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, makes a statement, it is to be heeded. Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, titled as the ‘Living Legend of Law’, is Rotarian in spirit. Every call of his soul is vibrant with the values and ideals of Rotary. Justice Krishna Iyer, the retired Supreme Court judge, has also been honored with the Padma Bhushan Award by the President of India. Renowned for his unbiased judgments, such is his influence on the nation that when he speaks the masses listen.

Recently Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer has emerged with a review report -‘Mullaperiyar Dam – An Answer to Criticisms’ in favor of the Kerala government to build a new dam. He supports the plea of the government stating that the dam would be a major threat to the lives and property of the people residing in three heavily populated districts of Kerala. The safety of the dam and the need for reconstruction is crucial if the dam is too dilapidated.

Justice Krishna Iyer backs his statement with the provisions under the ‘Precautionary Principle’. According to this provision, if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking the action. The principle also implies that there is a social responsibility to protect the public from exposure to harm, when scientific investigation has found a plausible risk.

In the materialized review, Justice Krishna Iyer also points that the rule of law must always support the rule of life. In case of consensus that can harm public, the interests of the public should be favored and not that of political parties. The court should appoint a commission of India’s best engineers to analyze the present condition of the Dam and design creative alternatives which will reconcile the safety of the dam and provision of sufficient water through new engineering devices to Tamil Nadu.

Click here to view Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer’s Review Report

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