Veteran lawyer and former Union Minister Ram Jethmalani passes away at 95

Eminent lawyer and former Union Minister Ram Jethmalani passed away on Sunday morning, just six days before his 96th birthday on 14th September.

He passed away at his residence in the national capital.

Home Minister Amit Shah paid his last respects to the veteran lawyer at the latter’s residence.

He also tweeted a tribute to him saying, “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.”

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu paid his last respects as well.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was also present at his residence as he paid his last respects.

PM Modi tweeted heartfelt words of praise for the former Union Minister as he said that “India has lost an exceptional lawyer and iconic public figure who made rich contributions both in the Court and Parliament.”

He expressed his gratitude in having gotten numerous opportunities to interact with the veteran lawyer and extended his condolences at latter’s demise.

Jethmalani served as the law minister and the urban development minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet. He had also served as the Chairman of Bar Council of India.

Jethmalani, who announced his retirement in September 2017, fought several high-profile cases, representing many controversial clients from stockbroker Harshad Mehta to former prime minister PV Narasimha Rao, among others.

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From appearing in the famous KM Nanavati versus State of Maharashtra case in 1959 to the multi-crore 2G scam in 2011, from being LK Advani’s defence in the Hawala scam to fighting for Arvind Kejriwal in a defamation case filed by Arun Jaitley, Jethmalani has been part of many high-profile cases in the court of law.

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