Veteran Supreme Court lawyer and former Union Minister Ram Jethmalani passed away at his residence on Sunday morning in Delhi at the age of 95. He had been on round the clock medical help for the last two weeks.
Days before his 94th birthday in 2017, Jethmalani had hung his boots after more than seven decades of exemplary career in practicing law. Jethmalani has been suffering from prolonged illness. Jethmalani had served as the Law Minister and the Minister of Urban Affairs in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government.
Jethmalani was unpredictable in his choice of cases. He defended several criminals to save them from the gallows but argued in favor of the death penalty. He spoke out against corruption and also defended high-profile personalities in corruption cases. They also include Rajiv Gandhi’s death case. Jethmalani was a Partition refugee who went on to become one of the greatest lawyers of the country. He was a lawyer to activists, politicians, detainees, murderers, dacoits — all without discrimination.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday paid their last respects to a veteran lawyer and former Union Minister Ram Jethmalani. "In his death, India has lost an eminent jurist, an able administrator, and a seasoned parliamentarian," said Manmohan Singh.