Legal Luminary Ram Jethmalani No More
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.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minster Narendra Modi were among various ministers and political leaders cutting across party lines condoled his death.
“Saddened by the passing of Shri Ram Jethmalani, former Union Minister and a veteran lawyer. He was known to express his views on public issues with his characteristic eloquence. The nation has lost a distinguished jurist, a person of great erudition and intellect,” Kovind wrote on Twitter.
The Prime Minister recalled Jethmalani as an exceptional lawyer and iconic public figure who made rich contributions both in court and Parliament.
Jethmalani was witty, courageous and never shied away from boldly expressing himself on any subject, Modi said in a tweet.
“One of the best aspects of Shri Ram Jethmalani Ji was the ability to speak his mind. And, he did so without any fear. During the dark days of the Emergency, his fortitude and fight for public liberties will be remembered. Helping the needy was an integral part of his persona,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
He said that he considers himself fortunate to have got numerous opportunities to interact with the advocate.
In a message, Modi said, “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.”