The Hush Post| 11:06 am|one-minute-read|
Eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani, one of India’s best criminal lawyers, passed away at the age of 95 on Sunday. He was suffering from a prolonged illness. The former union law minister passed away on Sunday morning.
He is survived by his son, Mahesh Jethmalani and his daughter who lives in the US. His last rites will be performed in the evening at the Lodhi Road crematorium at 4 pm.
The veteran lawyer had been suffering for months now, according to his family members. According to sources, Jethmalani was bedridden for a week. Jethmalani breathed his last at 7.45 am at his official residence in New Delhi.
Born in Sikhapur of Sindh province on September 14, 1923, Ram Jethmalani became a practicing lawyer at the age of 18. He came to India in 1948 and fought many high-profile cases in the Supreme Court, high courts and trial courts. One of the cases he will be remembered for is the KM Nanavati vs State of Maharashtra case in which he was the prosecutor.
Since then, Jethmalani has fought several other high-profile cases which included the defence of Rajiv Gandhi’s killer in Madras High Cout 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 Lall murder case.
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.
Many have described Jethmalani’s death as a loss for the legal fraternity as he was one most respected lawyers in the country.
“In the passing away of Shri Ram Jethmalani Ji, India has lost an exceptional lawyer and iconic public figure who made rich contributions both in the Court and Parliament. He was witty, courageous and never shied away from boldly expressing himself on any subject,” PM Narendra Modi said on Twitter.
“I consider myself fortunate to have got numerous opportunities to interact with Shri Ram Jethmalani Ji. 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 added.
Condolence messages from other leaders also started pouring.
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.
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.