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Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS speaking at the inaugural ceremony. Seen on the Dias (From L) Ms. Pinki Anand, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Shri Fali S. Nariman, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Prof. J. Martin Hunter, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham Trent University, U.K, Rt. Hon Lord Nicholas Addison Phillips, President (Chief Justice) of the Supreme Court of U.K., Hon’ble Shri Justice A. K. Patnaik, Judge, Supreme Court of India, Rt. Hon Lord Anthony Peter Clarke, Justice of the Supreme Court of U.K., Hon’ble Shri Justice B. P. Das, Judge, Odisha High Court, Mr. Rob Lynes, Director, British Council, India & Dr. N. K. Chakraborti, Former Director, KSOL at the inaugural ceremony of the International Seminar on ‘Celebration of 150 years of Indian Penal Code’ held in KIIT.
 
Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS lighting the ceremonial lamp at the inauguration of lnternational Seminar on 150 years of Indian Penal Code.

Hon’ble Shri Justice Ananga Kumar Patnaik, Judge, Supreme Court of India; Rt. Hon. Lord Nicholas Addison Phillips, President (Chief Justice) of the Supreme Court of UK; Rt. Hon. Lord Anthony Peter Clarke, Justice of the Supreme Court of UK; Hon’ble Shri Justice B. P. Das, Judge, Odisha High Court; Padmabibhusan Mr. Fali S. Nariman, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Mr. Rob Lynes, Director, India, British Council; Ms. Sally Goggin, Director (Education) India and Sri Lanka British Council Division; Prof. Martin Hunter, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham Trent University, London; Ms. Pinky Anand, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Ms. Sujata Sen, Director (Education), British Council, East India; Prof. N. K. Chakrabarti, Director, KIIT School of Law; my colleagues, media friends, ladies and gentlemen and my beloved KIITians, It is a great privilege for all of us to have the galaxy of luminaries here at one place in KIIT University.

It is not a new thing for us to gather here.  We very often do that but today is a special day and we are fortunate to have these great persons coming here to discuss about the 150 years of Indian Penal Code.  I consider myself privileged that I am entrusted with the task of delivering the welcome address.
Hon’ble Justice A. K. Patnaik is our own man from Odisha in the Supreme Court of India. 

With a chequered career in legal profession, Justice Patnaik is known for his bold judgements.  He has always supported the underprivileged class of the society and is considered to be a pro-poor judge.  I welcome you, Sir.Rt. Hon. Lord Nicholas Addison Phillips, President (Chief Justice) of the Supreme Court of UK is one of the finest judges of the British judiciary.  He is considered to be a champion of Human Rights having a liberal bent of mind.  He can be summed up in his own words, I quote, “I like to think that I am liberal but that is not the same as being soft on crime”, unquote. As an advocate for more non custodial responses to crime he wanted insight into the efficacy of community payback, despite demand from a section of people for his resignation.As a technology savvy judge he has the state-of-the-art technology at his fingertips. He is the first to allow writings in the court. In hos own words he says, I quote “The rapid development of communication stechnology brings with it both opportunities and challencges for the justice system” unquote. I welcome you, Sir to this great Institute of technical and professional studies, KIIT.

Rt. Hon. Lord Anthony Peter Clarke, Justice of the Supreme Court,  UK is very pragmatic in his approach.  Likeable, sociable and thoughtful, Justice Clarke always stood for civil reforms. He has a soft corner for the individuals seeking justice for the wrongs done to them.  He always advocates better cooperation between parties and lawyews to achieve justice in the individual cases at a reasonable cost and within a reasonable time frame.  I welcome you, Sir. 
Hon’ble Shri Justice B. P. Das, Judge, Odisha High Court was an outstanding lawyer prior to assuming the Chair of Judge in the Odisha High Court.  He has shown his legal acumen in various cases and he has delivered some of the finest judgements in Odisha High Court.  I welcome you, Sir.

Sri Fali S. Nariman, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court is an outstanding legal luminary of India and was being instrumental to the development of Indian Constitutional Law. Shri Nariman’s contribution to jusprudence and public affairs earned him Padma Bhusan in 1991 and Padma Vibhusan in 2007. Sri Nariman has contributed immensely to the Indian legal system. He held several positions and he was nominated by the President of India to be a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha). I welcome you, Sir.

Mr. Rob Lynes, Director of British Council, India in India has a vast work experience in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Iraq.  A distinguished linguist, Mr. Rob has taken over the charge in India and in his own admission he says, I quote, “I am looking forward to working in India over the next few years and helping to strengthen the cultural understanding between the two countries” unquote.  I welcome you, Sir.    

Ms. Sally Goggin, Director (Education) India and Sri Lanka British Council Division has great experience in arts but with her association with British Council she is doing great job in managing various projects in education and we are sure that during her tenure she will do a lot more in the field of education.  I welcome you, Madam.

Terms like globalization, liberalization would have remained ornamental without the solution of dispute through arbitration championed by Prof. Martin Hunter, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham Trent University and visiting Professor of King’s College, London.  Prof. Hunter’s contribution for resolving trans-national business dispute through amicable settlements has been acknowledged the world over.I welcome you, Sir. Ms. Pinky Anand, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India is a distinguished lawyer with a graduation from Harvard Law School.  She represents the present Indian women face in the world forums. I welcome you, Madam.

Ms. Sujata Sen, Director (Education), British Council, East India is the first Indian to have the British Council in Eastern India.  She has been associated with great publishing houses, media houses and with her experience we are sure to gain a lot. I welcome you, Madam.

Though I am not a man from legal profession yet I understand that all of us have assembled here to celebrate the 150 years of Indian Penal Code which was drafted in 1860 and enacted in 1862.  It is said that this Code was a gift of Lord Maculay to India.  It has undergone several changes but this continues to be the backbone of Indian penal laws.  The law enacted in 1860s needs to be changed with suitable amendments. There has been a lot of demand on that and strong views about some provisions in the IPC have been expressed by eminent jurists throughout India. It is a matter of great satisfaction so many eminent personalities have come here to discuss about this. I welcome you all and I hope that your stay will be comfortable in KIIT.
Thank you everybody for giving me a patient hearing.

 
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