Justice Santosh Hegde, the distinguished Chief guest for the event spoke of his experiences in the Lokayukta & Judiciary. Justice Hegde spoke of how attitude has to change to combat corruption and how delay in the disposal of cases and man made delays in disposal of cases which is most unfair.
He also expressed that courts should try matters expeditiously or they risk losing track of evidence. Welcoming the Lawfarm initiative of a pan-India corruption helpline, Justice Hegde enthusiastically answered the law students’ questions on Law related to corruption.
Justice Hegde spoke of how lawyers must be more vigilant, more accountable and responsible in combating corruption. He also gave instances from his experiences as to how sensitized citizens can change the way the government functions and endeavor to root out corruption.
Justice Hegde opined that Lokayukta will do well to have a “Special Cell” to secure whistleblowers, to keep their identities confidential; and obtain information in the name of their own investigation mechanism.
Mr. Bibhu Prasad Sahu, Head of Youth for Social Development, a non-profit initiative in Odisha and Ms. Sylvia Veeraraghavan of Janagraha also spoke at the event.
Principal and Dean of the University Law College, Dr. Suresh V. Nadagoudar delivered the Presidential address. Chairman Dr. V. Sudesh and other Faculty, Research scholars, LL.B. and LL.M. students participated in the workshop.