New Delhi Sep 8 : Eminent lawyer and former Union Law Minister Ram Jethmalani has passed away early on Sunday at his New Delhi residence . Jethmalani passed away at the age of 95 after suffering from prolonged illness.
Jethmalani was one of India’s finest criminal lawyers and one of the highest-paid lawyers in the supreme court of India, Jethmalani started his career as a lawyer and in Sindh before partition.
The veteran lawyer had been suffering from months, according to his family members. Jethmalani was bedridden for a week and had lost a lot of weight. He breathed his last at 7.45 am at his official residence in New Delhi.
He was also the chairman of the Bar Council of India.
The eminent lawyer passed away four days before his 96th birthday on September 14 and his last rites will be performed in the evening at the Lodhi Road crematorium at 4 pm. Jethmalani is survived by his son, Mahesh Jethmalani and his daughter who lives in the US.
Condolences from leaders
Commenting on his demise, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “Extremely saddened at the passing away of legendary lawyer Ram Jethmalani ji. An institution in himself, he shaped criminal law in post-independence India. His void would never be filled and his name will be written in golden words in legal history.”
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy also bid his “friend” farewell and said, “My friend turned foe turned very good friend Ram Jethmalani passed away today at 95 years age. Farewell friend.”
Congress leader and senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “Ram Jethamalani with whom I shared get camaraderie wl b missed. Feisty, ebullient, fearless, outspoken 2a fault, uncaring of consequences or of societal norms, he had a large heart & a restive temperament. Always a crusader, his mind and body remained good almost to the end.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also expressed condolences and praised the way Jethmalani handled his legal cases.
“Deeply condole the passing away of the veteran lawyer and former Law Minister Ram Jethmalani. His brilliance, eloquence, powerful advocacy and sound understanding of law will remain a worthy example in legal profession. My profound condolences,” Prasad said.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah went to Jethmalani’s house to pay last respects to the veteran lawyer.
“Deeply pained to know about the passing away of India’s veteran lawyer and former Union Minister Shri Ram Jethmalani ji. In him, we have not only lost a distinguished lawyer but also a great human who was full of life,” Amit Shah said.
Jethmalani elected as a BJP MP
Jethmalani was later elected as the president of Supreme Court Bar Association in 2010.Among other achievements, Jethmalani was elected as a BJP MP in the sixth and seventh Lok Sabha. Apart from Union law minister, he also held the portfolio of urban development in Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, ‘ One of the best aspects of Ram Jethmalani was the ability to speak his mind. And, he did so without any fear. During dark days of Emergency, his fortitude & fight for public liberties will be remembered. Helping the needy was an integral part of his persona.”
“I consider myself fortunate to have got numerous opportunities to interact with Ram Jethmalani. In these sad moments, my condolences to his family, friends and many admirers. He may not be here but his pioneering work will live on! Om Shanti.,” he said.
High profile and controversial cases which Ram Jathmalani fought
Born in Sikhapur of Sindh province on September 14, 1923, Ram Jethmalani fought many high-profile cases in the Supreme Court, high courts and trial courts.
KM Nanavati vs State of Maharashtra case in which he was the prosecutor.
The defence of Rajiv Gandhi killers in Madras High Court in 2001.
He also defended Harshad Mehta and Ketan Parekh in the Securities scam of 1992.
Jethmalani had also defended the death sentence given to Afzal Guru and represented Manu Sharma in the Jessica Lal murder case.