Alladi Krishnaswamy Iyer
1883 - 1952

Alladi Krishnaswamy Iyer was born in the village of Pudur in Madras State (present day Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh). He was  became a leading member of the Bar. He served as the Advocate General of Madras State from 1929 to 1944, and was also made the Dewan Bahadur in 1930. In 1932 he got knighted in the New Year Honours List.

Committee Memberships:

  1. Member, Rules of Procedure Committee;
  2. Member, Credentials Committee;
  3. Member, Functions Committee;
  4. Member, Advisory Committee;
  5. Member, Fundamental Rights Sub-Committee;
  6. Member, Union Powers Committee;
  7. Member, Union Constitution Committee;
  8. Member, Ad hoc Committee on the Supreme Court;
  9. Member, Drafting Committee.

  1. On November 8, 1948 he addressed several criticisms against the Draft Constitution.
  2. On April 29, 1947 and August 12, 1949 he expressed his views on nationality, citizenship and dual citizenship.
  3. On August 20, 1949 he defended President’s power under the Constitution during proclamation of emergency.
  4. On September 1, 1949 he addressed the issue of conflict between freedom under Article 19 and taxation.
  5. On November 23, 1949 he delivered a speech emphasizing the importance of universal adult franchise to ensure the success of democracy.

"Legal Luminary”, V.S. Ravi, Published on 28th September 2003.