Ram Jethmalani, veteran lawyer and former union minister, passes away at 95

Jethmalani served as the law minister and the urban development minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet. He had also served as the Chairman of Bar Council of India.

Written by September 8, 2019 11:42

New Delhi: Veteran lawyer and former Union Minister Ram Jethmalani passed away on Sunday morning, just six days short of his 96th birthday.

He passed away at his residence in the national capital.

Jethmalani, who is currently a Member of the Rajya Sabha, was ill for some time due to age-related ailments.

Jethmalani served as the law minister and the urban development minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet. He had also served as the Chairman of Bar Council of India.

President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed grief on the demise of noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani. In a tweet, Mr Kovind said, the nation has lost a distinguished jurist, a person of great erudition and intellect. He said Jethmalani was known to express his views on public issues with his characteristic eloquence.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also expressed sadness over the demise of Ram Jethmalani. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, the nation has lost a distinguished jurist, great intellectual and a patriot, who was active till his last breath. Mr Naidu said, he has lost a dear friend with whom he had a very long association both as Minister and as a member of Parliament.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the demise of Jethmalani. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, in the passing away of Ram Jethmalani, India has lost an exceptional lawyer and iconic public figure who made rich contributions both in the Court and Parliament. Mr Modi said, he was witty, courageous and never shied away from boldly expressing himself on any subject.

Home Minister Amit Shah paid last respects to Mr Jethmalani at his residence. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has condoled the passing away of veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani. In a tweet, Mr Prasad said, his brilliance, eloquence, powerful advocacy and a sound understanding of the law will remain a worthy example in the legal profession.

Condoling the demise, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar described Jethmalani as an outstanding criminal lawyer and outspoken politician.

(With ANI inputs)