Noted jurist Ram Jethmalani passed away on Sunday at the age of 95, his family members said. Ram Jethmalani breathed his last at 7.45 am at his official residence in New Delhi, his son Mahesh Jethmalani told PTI. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to his Twitter handle to mourn the loss of former Union Minister. Kejriwal wrote that Jethmalani was an institution in himself and that his void would never be filled. He offered his condolences to the eminent lawyer. Read his full tweet -
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
Meanwhile, Mahesh and other close acquaintances said Ram Jethmalani was not keeping well for a few months. Ram Jethmalani passed away a few days before his 96th birthday on September 14, his son said. Mahesh said his father's last rites will be performed in the evening at the Lodhi road crematorium here.
For those unaware, 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 has published many books, namely 'Justice Soviet Style', 'Big Egos Small Men', 'Conscience of a Maverick', 'Maverick: Unchanged, Unrepentant'. He has also written books on various law subjects such as Private International Law, Media Law, and Conflict of Laws. Jethmalani has two biographies written after him, 'Ram Jethmalani: An Authorized Biography' by Nalin Gera; and 'The Rebel' by Susan Adelman.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to his Twitter handle and mourned eminent lawyer Jathmalani's loss. "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," Modi said on Twitter.