New Delhi : After fighting prolonged illness, eminent lawyer and former union minister Ram Jethmalani passed away at the age of 95 today morning at 7:45 am. The former Union law minister’s health started deteriorating since last two weeks and breathed his last today morning.
Commenting on Jethmalani’s demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country has lost an exceptional lawyer and an iconic figure.
Ram Jethmalani 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.
Condolence messages from other prominent leaders also started pouring in moments after Jethmalani’s death. 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.” Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah went to Jethamalani’s house to pay last respects to the veteran lawyer.
Born in Sikhapur of Sindh province September 14, 1923, Ram Jethmalani 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. Jethmalani was also elected as the president of Supreme Court Bar Association in 2010.