Justice V R Krishna Iyer Is No More
Died due to renal and cardiac failure at the age of 100 | By Yentha
On Dec 04, 2014


Kochi: Former Supreme Court judge and Kerala minister V R Krishna Iyer passed away at a local hospital at the age of 100.

"He (Iyer) is no more. He passed away at 3.30 p.m.," cardiologist Manu R Varma told reporters here. Iyer was in the hospital for the past few days for treatment of pneumonia. His condition deteriorated in the past few days.

He was known for many landmark judgments, especially for granting a stay on the Allahabad High Court's judgment against former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, which led to the Emergency.


In a condolence message the Kerala Governor Justice (Retd) P Sathasivam in a written statement said, “He was a lighthouse to practitioners of law, guiding them through the right path towards justice." The Governor also added, "It is indeed painful that he is no more with us now. His demise is an irreparable loss not only to the legal fraternity but to the entire country."


Vaidyanathapura Rama Krishna Iyer, popularly known as V R Krishna Iyer, was a former judge in the Supreme Court of India. He was born at Vaidyanathapuram near Palakkad but grew up at Koyilandy. In 1952, he was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly; in 1957, he became a minister in the first Communist government in Kerala, serving until 1959.

Vaidyanathapura Rama Krishna Iyer


Having been the minister of law, power, prisons, irrigation and social welfare in the Government of Kerala, he was instrumental in bringing about many significant changes in these sectors. In 1973, he was sworn in as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India; as of 2011, he is the last but one Supreme Court judge to have previously served as a politician. He was conferred with Padma Vibhushan in the year 1999.

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