New Delhi: Former Union Law Minister and senior Congress leader Hans Raj Bhardwaj on Sunday passed away due to a cardiac arrest at a hospital in Delhi. Also Read - 'Sneeze And Spread The Virus': Infosys Employee Sacked, Arrested For Facebook Post

At the age of 83, Bhardwaj had served the second-longest tenure in the law ministry. He served as the Karnataka Governor under the Congress’ reign between 2009 and 2014 and was also given the additional charge of Kerala Governor in January 2012. Also Read - More Nuanced, Compassionate Approach Required to Deal With Crisis: Rahul Gandhi on Lockdown

Ahead of his retirement, the former Law Minister stirred up a row for his controversial comment on the grand old party’s top leadership. He had repeatedly said that the Congress’ high command was incapable of reviving the party. Also Read - Coronavirus: Third Death in Karnataka, Man With no Recent Foreign Travel History Dies

Expressing grief over his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted from the PMO’s handle and said, “Anguished by the passing away of former Minister Shri Hans Raj Bhardwaj. My thoughts are with his family and well-wishers in this hour of grief. Om Shanti.”

Bhardwaj breathed his last at the Max Hospital, Saket, where he was admitted since Wednesday due to Kidney-related issues, his family told PTI. He will be cremated at the Nighambodh Ghat on Monday at 4 pm, his son Arun Bhardwaj said.

Bhardwaj is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.