Eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani passes away at 95 after suffering from prolonged illness.Ram Jethmalani breathed his last at 7.45 am at his official residence in New Delhi.Jethmalani’s last rites will be performed in the evening at the Lodhi Road crematorium at 4 pm.
“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 Modi tweeted.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah went to Jethmalani’s house to pay last respects.
“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.
Jethmalani was the Union Law Minister and the Urban Development Minister during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government.
Jethmalani has fought high-profile cases like the defence of Rajiv Gandhi’s killer,defended Harshad Mehta and Ketan Parekh in the Securities scam and also defended Afzal Guru death sentence. He was served as the as the president of Supreme Court Bar Association in 2010.