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Honour for former judge

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Justice K. Narayana Kurup. — Photo: S. Thanthoni

CHENNAI, JUNE 25. The former Acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, K. Narayana Kurup, has been elected Honorary Fellow of the International Medical Sciences Academy in recognition of his "in-depth knowledge of medical sciences and his acknowledged judicial wisdom and for the outstanding contributions made by him in the field of Human Rights, Environment, Public Health, and Animal Rights."

The Fellowship will be conferred at the Convocation Session of the IMSA Annual Conference (IMSACON- 2004) to be held at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, U.S. on July 11, 2004. The conference is being organised by Dr. Harvinder S. Luthra, Chair, Division of Rheumatology, Mayo Medical School and Mayo Clinic. The theme of the conference is "Genomics and Proteomics: The New Revolution in Medicine."

Justice Kurup has the distinction of being the second non-medical man to be conferred with this Honorary Fellowship, the other being Dr. G.N. Hunsfield, inventor of the CT Scan, who is also a Nobel Laureate.

Justice Kurup had written the judgment of the Division Bench of the Kerala High Court banning smoking in public places.

According to the citation, Justice Kurup's judgments and orders had given a new dimension to Constitutional law, human rights, public health, environment and animal rights. His elevation to the Bench heralded the dawn of a new era in judicial activism in Kerala, the most literate State in India. During his tenure, he earned the acclaim of distinguished jurists from India and abroad as well as the public at large, including the media, for his orders in public interest litigation and cases relating to burning public issues, the citation said.

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