Ram Jethmalani Memorial Lecture Series
Ram Jethmalani Memorial Lecture Series

People of India also have a stake in fair investigation: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Minister Prasad was speaking at the First Edition of Ram Jethmalani Memorial Lecture Series.

A balance has to be achieved between fair investigation and open investigation, said Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday as he asserted that people of India also had a stake in fair investigation.

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The investigation should be fair is also the expectation of the people. When we talk of openness, when we talk of people of India getting enlightenment, there is also a stake of people of India in fair investigation. How to balance the two is a difficult question. Balance has to be achieved.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Union Minister Prasad was speaking at the First Edition of Ram Jethmalani Memorial Lecture Series hosted by NewsX.

The theme of the virtual lecture was 'Pros & Cons of Trial by Media'.

During his address, Prasad spoke fondly of late Senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani.

"He was outstanding and unparalleled in criminal and constitutional law..A man of extraordinary conviction, an outstanding parliamentarian and above all, a friend of friend", Shankar said.

Shankar remarked that Ram Jethmalani was a powerful speaker in English as well as Hindi.

His persona as a public leader was no less than as an imminent lawyer, Shankar affirmed.

Welcoming the panelists and the guests, Senior Advocate Mahesh Jethmalani, son of Ram Jethmalani, said that the lecture series was conceived with the object of promoting excellence at the Bar and to foster a passion in lawyers and laymen for justice.

The endeavour of the series is to present the most informed opinions on a burning issue of the day, he added as he asserted that a vital aspect of justice was fair investigation and fair trial.

Jethmalani said that the death of Bollywood actor, Sushant Singh Rajput has stirred a debate on media trial.

Where is the line to be drawn when it came to parallel investigation by media?, he asked.

Justice NV Ramana, Judge, Supreme Court of India congratulated Senior Advocate Mahesh Jethmalani for the lecture series and said that the young generation could get inspired from Ram Jethmalani's achievements and ideology.

Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also delivered reminiscence speeches in the memory of late Senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani.

"Whenever I think of Ram Jethmalani, I think of a warrior.. he was brave and fearless.", AG Venugpal said as he recollected Ram Jethmalani's fearless stance during Emergency in India.

SG Mehta remarked that Ram Jethmalani could not be called a mere criminal lawyer as he was an equally outstanding constitutional lawyer.

"Why I admire him the most was because there was no mystery surrounding his life. He lived an unapologetic life. He had his own script, in his own language and lived on his own terms.", SG Mehta said.

Jurist and Senior Advocate Fali S Nariman and former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee also remembered Ram Jethmanai on his death anniversary.

Stating that the 12th day of September should be the Ram Jethmalani Day, Senior Advocate Nariman said that Ram Jethmalani left a very high benchmark of professional excellence.

"He was a man who wanted to be remembered as a teacher. He was cast in a different mould. He had, what Napoleon called, the 4 o'clock in the morning courage.", Senior Advocate Nariman added.

Senior Advocate Sorabjee also fondly remembered his relationship with Ram Jethmalani.

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