New Delhi: Eminent Supreme Court advocate and former Union Law Minister Ram Jethmalani passed away after a prolonged illness on Sunday. He took his last breath, just six days short of his 96th birthday. He was 95.
Jethmalani, one of the highest-paid lawyers in the Supreme Court of India had announced his retirement in September 2017.
He was known for taking up several high-profile cases involving top political leaders like RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, and others. He had represented stockbroker Harshad Mehta and Ketan Parekh. Besides, he had also served as the chairman of the Bar Council of India.
Expressing grief of Jethmalani’s demise, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted,”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. RIP Ram sir.”
The former Union Minister is survived by his son Mahesh Jethmalani, a noted lawyer, and a daughter.
Ram Jethmalani was born in Shikarpur, Sindh in the Sindh division of the then Bombay Presidency, now part of Pakistan. He obtained LLB degree at the age of 17 and started practising law in his hometown (in today’s Pakistan).
Jethmalani was elected an MP in the 6th and 7th Lok Sabha on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket from Mumbai. He had served as Law Minister of India from 1999-2000.
He was Minister of Urban Development during the Prime Ministership of Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee against whom he later contested election in the general elections of 2004 from Lucknow constituency. However, in 2010 rejoined BJP and was elected to Rajya Sabha on its ticket from Rajasthan.