March 22, 2017, New Delhi

LexisNexis®, a leading global provider of content and technology solutions, released Kaleeswaram Raj’s ‘Rethinking Judicial Reforms: Reflections on Indian Legal System’, at Indian Law Institute, New Delhi on March 21, 2016, evening. Chief Guest Hon’ble Mr. Justice Jasti Chelameswar Judge, Supreme Court of India, and Guest of Honour Hon’ble Mr. Justice Kurian Joseph, Judge, Supreme Court of India, released the book in presence of many other eminent dignitaries like Raju Ramachandran, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, and R Basant, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, and other distinguished members from the bar, judiciary, and media.

During the occasion, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Judge, Supreme Court of India, congratulated the author for writing a wonderful book and said, “Kaleeswaram is someone who takes interest in advisory, which is becoming a scare phenomenon nowadays, especially among successful lawyers who hardly have time to do this. For those who have the time to do it, some lack the patience to write their ideas, some lack the determination to publish, some lack opportunity to publish. So when Raj published the article I was delighted and specially the reference he made to Derrida. It only showed the man’s intellectual prowess and I always like people with that endowment. ” He specifically pointed out three main aspects in the book relating to appointment of judges, internal problem of delay and better management of the courts system.

Congratulating the author on his achievement, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Kurian Joseph, Judge, Supreme Court of India, said, “Raj is an insider looking at the family with the goggles of an outsider. This is the feeling I get when I read the articles of Advocate Kaleeswaram Raj. Approach is always forthright and honest, and therefore, the analysis is very lucid. His articles cover several aspects of the democracy and try to reflect the future of the democracy on its people. Equally, these have helped the right-minded members of the civil society to have a clear and right perspective on the legal issues that have a social dimension and contextual relevance. ” On the author, he added, “He is a great public man and a voracious reader. I admire his great quality of calling ‘a spade a spade’, and speaking against the untruth, dishonest and wrong trends in the society. I have great admiration for his dispassionate approach; he is a man of no bias.”

The book release function was followed by a panel discussion – ‘Expressions on Politics of Judicial Reforms’ on various themes picked from the book, by diverse and eminent panelists, to introduce the vast and complex ‘Judicial Reforms’ in the book. The panel comprised of Richard Hey, Member of Parliament; A.K.Ramakrishnan, Professor, JNU; Venkitesh Ramakrishnan, Senior Associate Editor, Frontline; and M.B.Rajesh, Member of Parliament. Raju Ramachandran, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, was the key note speaker at the panel.

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