Our Deepest Condolences

Mr.S.Rajaratnam

Pro-Chancellor

15-06-1928  -  18-07-2020

Mr. Rajaratnam was one of the most sought-after persons for his unbiased, but sharp views on anything to do with income-tax law. He was a prolific writer on the subject, and given his vast experience, he had much deeper insights into the practical implications of the frequent amendments of the Income Tax Act than most others. A Post Graduate in Economics and Law (Commercial Laws), he joined Indian Revenue Service as Income-tax Officer after a brief spell as Lecturer in Economics.

His popularity among the chartered accountants in Madras and other cities/towns of south India was unmatched, for he had a special skill for direct and straight-forward communication of his thoughts, bereft of any kind of airs or pomp – simplicity personified, a rarest of rare traits these days!. He served in various places and levels as Income-tax Officer, Assistant Commissioner and Commissioner of Income-tax in the Income-tax Department, till he joined the Income-tax Appellate Tribunal as Accountant Member in 1980 and retired from Government Service and post in 1985.While in Service, he was on deputation to Government of Sri Lanka as Taxation Expert in 1960-62 and the Government of Tamilnadu as Member, Tamilnadu Sales-tax and Agricultural Income-tax Appellate Tribunal during 1971-76.

He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India and a Life Member of the Indian Law Institute and associations mainly charitable and educational institutions including Periyar institutions and had been a director of a scheduled bank and companies in some as Government nominee director. He has authored several books and is a regular contributor of articles for journals. He is actively associated with a number of public charitable organisations.