Mangalore, Jun 16 (UNI) Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L K Advani today revealed that he had recommended the name of former Supreme Court Judge Justice K S Hegde for the Presidency to then Prime Minister Morarji Desai.
Inaugurating the launch of the year-long celebration of the Birth Centenary of Justice Hegde, organised by Nitte Education Trust (NET), Mr Advani said Justice Hegde deserved the highest honour for his deep concern for upholding the dignity of the Supreme Court and the democracy of the country.
But, ultimately the name of N Sanjeev Reddy was finalised for the post.
''Justice Hedge was one among those extraordinary people with whom he has not worked for long time, but who have greatly influenced his life,'' he added.
It was important to follow the footsteps of Justice Hegde, who had the highest regard for the welfare and concern of the country, he added.
Mr Advani said Justice Hegde along with other two Judges-- Justice A N Grover and Justice J M Shelat -- ''created history'' by resigning in protest against the appointment of a junior Judge A N Ray as the Chief Justice of the apex court superseding them.
After resignation, he was actively involved in promoting education in his own village Nitte, where he started a small school, which had now grown into a deemed university. ''I always had his (Justice Hegde) guidance in my political career and during any crises. Justice Hegde was a great patriot, public servant and great son of Karnataka,'' he added.
Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Y V Chandrachud, who was also present on the occasion, said Justice Hegde was committed to his work and took it as the mission of his life.
Former Attorney General Soli J Sorabji also spoke on the occasion.
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