Padma Shri Dr. T.K. Viswanathan
Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee
Dr. T. K. Viswanathan is a legal luminary who was awarded Padma Shri by the President of India in the year 2017. He has held various positions in the academicia, Government of India, and Lok Sabha.
During the four decades of his career, he has served as a lawyer, a Professor of Jurisprudence, Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Law & Justice, and Secretary General of Lok Sabha. He has drafted many important landmark legislations over the past two decades, and the Government has immensely benefitted from his expertise in legislative drafting and in parliamentary and constitutional matters. The Information Technology Act 2000, which laid the basis for cyberlaw in India, the Competition Act 2002, and the Right to Information Act 2005 are three important landmark legislations worth mentioning which have laid the foundation for a new jurisprudence in the Indian legal framework. As Chairman of the Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee 2014, he was responsible for drafting of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016, which is the most important economic reform next only to GST since independence.
Dr. T. K. Viswanathan was Consultant to the former President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, and is presently Director in the Pranab Mukherjee Foundation; Chairman of the Expert Committee to review the Cyberlaws and the Information Technology Act 2000; Member of the Independent Review Authority constituted under Section 45(2) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967; and Chairman of SEBI’s Fair Market Committee.