Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Justice KT Thomas for President of India

Electing Justice KT Thomas for President of India - 
Appeal issued by JCAC – 01 May 2012

Indian democracy is facing severe challenges and the country is going through a governance turmoil. This needs to be dealt with expeditiously. Lack of governance and absence of the rule of law mars the whole nation.  Infringement against federalism, or the subversion of local governance, or the violation of law can be overcome by properly implementing the provisions of our Constitution. For a game-changing start, the first requirement would be to get a President who discharges the responsibilities assigned to the office by the Constitution. If that were done, even under the existing provisions of the Constitution the President can act as the Super Lokpal to ensure that all laws are observed and all official personnel policy conforms to rule and procedure and corruption is effectively combated.  President could exercise moral authority to advise the Union Cabinet and Parliament on all matters of state policy. The President would not be involved directly in governance but have a monitory and advisory role.
Thus far we have had presidential candidates on the assumption that the office is of a titular head. This can change if in the forthcoming Presidential election, the electoral college elect a candidate who can and will discharge the responsibilities of the office as described in our written Constitution. 
In Justice KT Thomas we have such a candidate fulfilling all the necessary requirements: non-political, belonging to minority community and vast knowledge of the Constitution, both interpretation and implementation.
We therefore strongly appeal that Justice KT Thomas be nominatted for the august office of the President of India and urge upon the political parties and the electoral college to get him elected through consensus.
Herewith is his brief profile. 
Representing JCAC
Louis Menezes IAS (Retd)                    Tamil Nadu
Bhaskar Benny, Advocate                    President, Andhra Pradesh Christian Front
KC Gilchrist,                                        President, Chattisgarh Christian Officers &
                                                              Professionals Association
M.G.Devasahayam IAS (Retd)                  
Deccan Chronicle 05/05/2012

*JUSTICE  K.T. THOMAS – A Profile*
He had his college education at C.M.S. College, Kottayam and St. Albert’s College at Cochin where he was Chairman of the College union. He took his law degree from Madras Law College.  He set up his practice under a renowned civil lawyer of Kottayam – Mr. Joseph Maliakel. In 1976 He was made leader of the Indian delegation to attend the World Conference held at Texas under the auspices of World Alliance of YMCAs.
After 17 years of legal practice both on the Civil and Criminal side he was directly recruited from the Bar as District and Sessions Judge in 1977.  He was elevated as judge of the High Court of Kerala in 1985.  He became officiating Chief Justice of Kerala High Court in  September 1995 and continued so until elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of India in March 1996.  He was in the five member collegium of the Supreme Court for selecting Judges of the Supreme Court and also Chief Justices of different High Courts. On attainment of the age of 65, he retired from  Supreme Court in 2002. Constitutional Law is among his key expertise.
After retirement he became Chairman of different Commissions. A few among them can be mentioned.  One was to fix fees in all unaided professional colleges in Kerala.  Another Commission was for suggesting reforms on the performance and accountability of Police force in Kerala. He was Chairman of the Review Commission for the National Law School University, Bangalore. The Supreme Court of India appointed him as Chairman of National Police Reforms Monitoring Committee.   Government of India appointed him on the High Level Empowered Committee for Mullaperiyar Dam issue.  The Supreme Court of India appointed him as the single member  panel for choosing the “Melsanti” (supreme priest) of the renowned Hindu shrine Sabarimala Temple for each year.
He is currently the Honorary Professor of Constitutional Law at M.K. Nambiar Chair in Kannur University.
The President of India conferred on him “Padma Bhushan” (one of the highest National Awards) during the Republic day of 2007.
Four books were authored by him, three in  Malayalam and the one in English (Honeybees of Solomon)
മുല്ലപ്പെരിയാര്‍ സംമ്പന്ധിച്ച ഉന്നതാധികാര സമിതിയുടെ
റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ട് വിവാദമായ പശ്ശ്ചാത്തലത്തില്‍
ജസ്റ്റിസ് കെ.ടി. തോമസ്‌ തന്റെ നിലപാട് വ്യക്തമാക്കുന്നു.
- മലയാള മനോരമ  09/05/2012 

09/05/12 മുല്ലപ്പെരിയാറില്‍ പുതിയ അണക്കെട്ട് നിര്‍മ്മിക്കാനുള്ള അനുമതി ഏറെക്കുറെ ലഭിച്ചു എന്നും ഈ വിഷയത്തില്‍ ജസ്റ്റിസ് കെ. ടി. തോമസിന്റെ നിലപാടുകളില്‍ സര്‍ക്കാരിന് പൂര്‍ണ തൃപ്തിയാണെന്നും മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി ഉമ്മന്‍‌ചാണ്ടി. സംസ്ഥാനത്തിന്റെ താല്പര്യങ്ങള്‍ സംരക്ഷിക്കുന്നതിന് അദ്ദേഹം പരമാവധി ശ്രമിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട് അതിനാല്‍ അദ്ദേഹത്തെ വെറുതെ പഴി ചാരരുത്‌ .  അണക്കെട്ടിന്റെ സുരക്ഷയുടെ കാര്യം പ്രതിപാദിക്കുന്ന ഒരു ഭാഗത്ത്‌ മാത്രം അദ്ദേഹം വേണ്ട രീതിയില്‍ ഇടപെട്ടില്ല എന്നതൊഴിച്ചാല്‍ അണക്കെട്ടിലെ ജലനിരപ്പ്‌ 136 അടിയില്‍ കൂട്ടെരുതെന്ന്‌ അദ്ദേഹം വ്യക്തമാക്കിയിട്ടുണ്ട്‌. ഇതിനായി അദ്ദേഹം ചൂണ്ടിക്കാട്ടിയിട്ടുള്ള ആറ്‌ കാരണങ്ങള്‍ മുഴുവന്‍ സംസ്ഥാനത്തിന്റെ വാദങ്ങളാണെന്നും, മുല്ലപ്പെരിയാറില്‍ പുതിയ അണക്കെട്ട്‌ വേണമെന്ന കേരളത്തിന്റെ ആവശ്യത്തിന്‌ അനുകൂലമാണ്‌ ഉന്നതാധികാര സമിതിയുടെ റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ടെന്നും മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പറഞ്ഞു. ഇത് പുതിയ അണക്കെട്ടിനുള്ള പച്ചക്കൊടിയാണ്, എന്നാല്‍ അവസാന വാക്ക് സുപ്രീം കോടതിയാണ് പറയേണ്ടത്‌ എന്നും മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി കൂട്ടിച്ചേര്‍ത്തു.  epathra.com

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