New Delhi, Sep 8 : Political leaders from across the spectrum paid tributes to the most distinguished lawyer and politician of India. He was the highest-paid lawyer in the supreme court. Jethmalani was known for his high profile and controversial cases. Former minister on Sunday morning at his Delhi Akbar road Residence. He was 95 years old and would have turned 96 on the 14th of this month.
President Ram Nath Kovind paid tributes to Ram Jethmalani and said, “Saddened by passing of RamJethmalani, former Union Minister & a veteran lawyer. He was known to express his views on public issues with his characteristic eloquence. The nation has lost a distinguished jurist, a person of great erudition & intellect. “
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.
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 will be missed. Feisty, ebullient, fearless, outspoken to 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.
Singhvi said, ” Despite our huge age difference he was a very warm friend. I’ve known him for decades. I think a feisty, ebullient, high-spirited person like him will be difficult to replace & find, in our public life, political life, social milieu .”
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.