All Odisha Lawyers’ Conference

Chief Justice Misra advises not to be guided by majoritarian views

Cuttack: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Sunday advised the law students not to be guided by the majoritarian views and be true to your conviction.

“You should never be guided by the majoritarian views. Be true to your own conviction and conscience and always endeavour to be responsibly true to factual aspects by piercing the veil of perceptions being floated around you,” said Misra while addressing the fifth annual convocation of the students of National Law University, Odisha.

He advised to always remain lucid, articulate and concrete in their line of reasoning and arguments, penetrating and striking at the focal point of discourse or dispute just like the bull’s eye of the dartboard.

Justice Michael Kirby, a former judge, High Court of Australia, was the chief guest for the occasion and delivered the convocation address.

Justice Kirby was also conferred with the Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) (Honoris Causa) by the university.

Vineet Saran, Chief Justice of Orissa High Court and Chancellor, NLU Odisha awarded the degrees and also addressed the gathering. Sitting judges of High Court, senior advocates, judicial officers were among the other dignitaries present.

A total of 167 graduands were awarded degrees, including 49 LLM candidates, and 118 from undergraduate courses – 57 and 59 candidates respectively from the BA LLB and BBA LLB streams.

Additionally, Justice Kirby was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) honoris causa.

A total number of 18 gold medals were given to students in the convocation this year.