Address By
Justice Perody Vishwanatha Shetty

Retired Judge Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka
Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Lokayukta , State of Karnataka

Justice Perody Vishwanatha Shetty, retired Judge, Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Lokayukta of the State of Karnataka addressed the students of St. Joseph’s College of law on the 14 th of August 2017. In his address on “The Role of the Ombudsmen”, he identified corruption as the biggest threat to Indian democracy. In a healthy democracy, institutions must be independent and strong which helps facilitate good governance and provides for accountability and transparency in the political system according to the Hon. Judge. However, in the past few decades, India has witnessed a steep rise in the magnitude and complexity of corruption in the life of people. It appears that the consequences of corruption are well known but perhaps not well realized opined Justice Shetty. Justice Shetty spoke of his view that there was a tremendous decline in the values and perception of these values in the general public. This can be attributed to the fact that we have either given up hope of making the country less corrupt or we have come to terms with corruption, accepting it as an integral part of our lives. Both these attitudes are hazardous for the working of our democracy. In his capacity as a Lokayukta he recounted various instances where he remained committed to mitigate corruption at all levels, despite threats issued to silence him. Justice Shetty through his address urged the students to take a strong and firm stand against corruption as they enter the legal field.

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