‘India has lost its finest lawyer’: Tributes pour in after Ram Jethmalani’s death
Recollecting the contributions of Jethmalani, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has lost an exceptional lawyer and iconic public figure who made rich contributions both in the Court and Parliament.
Leaders across political spectrum paid their tributes after the death of veteran lawyer and noted Parliamentarian Ram Jethmalani in Delhi on Sunday morning. He was 95.
Jethmalani breathed his last at 7.45 am at his official residence, a few days before his 96th birthday on September 14. He had not been keeping well for a few months.
Attorney General K K Venugopal said that the country has lost its finest lawyer who was bold and handled the most sensational criminal cases and constitutional matters.
"According to me, he was a lawyer, was larger than life handling the most sensational cases, especially criminal cases as I, therefore, told him once that he is a leader of the criminal Bar of the country. His retort was, 'I am also the no. 1 constitutional lawyer'. This is because he was handling cases across the board," Venugopal said.
The Attorney General said that Jethmalani was a very outspoken person and did not mince words even against the judiciary. He remembered him as a senior advocate who was there in most of the big criminal appeals and constitutional cases.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in the passing away of Jethmalani, India has lost an exceptional lawyer and iconic public figure. “I consider myself fortunate to have got numerous opportunities to interact with Shri Ram Jethmalani Ji. In these sad moments, my condolences to his family, friends and many admirers. He may not be here but his pioneering work will live on! Om Shanti,” he tweeted.
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. pic.twitter.com/8fItp9RyTk— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 8, 2019
Home minister Amit Shah said he was deeply pained to hear about the news of Ram Jethmalani’s death. “In him we have not only lost a distinguished lawyer but also a great human who was full of life,” Shah 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,” 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.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 8, 2019
RIP Ram sir
Deeply condole the passing away of the veteran lawyer and former Law Minister Ram Jethmalani. His brilliance, eloquence, powerful advocacy and sound understanding of law will remain a worthy example in legal profession. My profound condolences.— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) September 8, 2019
He might have been referred to as maverick, unrelenting, implacable. He might have been loved to hate. But undoubtedly he was the finest of the lawyers. My tribute to #RamJethmalani. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/Wv2bJBEWXU— Narendra Sawaikar (@NSawaikar) September 8, 2019
Ram Jethmalani Ji has been one of the finest criminal lawyers the country has seen. He was a powerhouse of knowledge and never shied from speaking his mind.— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) September 8, 2019
His demise is a huge loss for the entire legal fraternity. May the departed soul rest in peace. #RamJethmalani pic.twitter.com/Ve2sO7uqWq
Saddened by the demise of Shri #RamJethmalani , former Law Minister, @RJDforIndia MP and a stalwart lawyer. He was an institution himself. His demise is a great loss to nation & legal fraternity. Sincere tributes to him & condolences to family. May his soul rest in peace!— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) September 8, 2019
Tributes to the doyen of criminal law and stalwart advocate #RamJethmalani.— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) September 8, 2019
You have inspired many generations of lawyers and keep inspiring many more to come. May your soul attains salvation.
ॐ शांति... pic.twitter.com/zmsqIuRJR2