Falling Moral Values and its Consequences
Speaker: Justice Santosh Hegde
Date: February 8, 2017 (Wednesday)
Time: 11.00 am to 12.30 pm
Venue: 10th Floor Auditorium, Pixel A (Azim Premji University)
About the talk
Justice Santosh Hegde will be speaking about falling moral values in society and the consequences that follow from this. Justice Hegde is keen on speaking on this particular topic because of his wish to convey some of his experiences as Karnataka Lokayukta, where he saw many instances of excessive greed and a lack of humanism in society. Justice Hegde has been focusing on this particular topic in his talks and lectures across the country as part of his attempt to build a society that will “hate the corrupt”. In describing the forthcoming talk and his attempt to build a society that will “hate the corrupt”, Justice Hegde adds that even though he doesn’t think that this [a society that will hate the corrupt] will happen in his lifetime, he nonetheless wants to try in bringing this about, in the hope that maybe someday this might indeed be a reality.
About the Speaker
Born on 16 June, 1940, at Nitte Village of Karkala Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District, Justice Santosh Hegde completed his studies for a Law Degree from the Government Law College, Bangalore (presently University Law College, Bangalore). After completing his graduation in law, he joined the Bar in January 1966 and started independent practice in 1970. Santosh Hegde was appointed as the Advocate General of Karnataka in February 1984 and continued in this post until 1988.
Santosh Hegde was appointed as Additional Solicitor General of India in November 1989 (he was the first person appointed for this post from Karnataka). In November 1998, he was appointed as Solicitor General of India (incidentally, he is the only person to be so appointed from Karnataka for this post so far). While holding this post, he was appointed directly from the Bar as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India and he worked as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India from 1999-2005.
Following his retirement from the Supreme Court in June 2005, Justice Hegde was appointed as the Chairperson of the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal in New Delhi in July 2005 and he continued in that position until 2006 when he was appointed as Lokayukta of the State of Karnataka State for a 5 year term (2006-2011).
Justice Santosh Hegde has received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Mangalore, the Karnataka State Open University Mysore, Tumkur University, Karnataka Law University, Alliance University, and the “Nadoja” award from Hampi Kannada University. He has received a large number of awards and honours including the Man of the Year (Times of India), Man of the Year (Vijaya Karnataka), the Nani Palkhiwala Foundation award, the RS Jindal award, theAdichunchanagiri Chuncha Sri award, etc.
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