CM, Siso­dia among scores to pay last re­spects to Jeth­malani

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Re­puted lawyer and for­mer union min­is­ter Ram Jeth­malani passed away at his of­fi­cial res­i­dence at 7:45am on Sun­day. He was 95, and was not keep­ing well for the past few months. His fu­neral at Lodhi Cre­ma­to­rium was at­tended by prom­i­nent politi­cians, lawyers, fam­ily mem­bers and friends. Also, there was a large gath­er­ing with peo­ple from all walks of life vis­it­ing the cre­ma­to­rium to pay tribute to the dis­tin­guished lawyer.

Union law min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad, Supreme Court judge Jus­tice BR Gavai, for­mer Chief Jus­tice of India Di­pak Misra and for­mer apex court judges Swatan­ter Ku­mar and Kurian Joseph also paid tribute to the noted ju­rist. Among the politi­cians present were Sharad Ya­dav, Arvind Ke­jri­wal, Man­ish Siso­dia and Sim­ran­jit Singh Mann. Chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal and deputy chief min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia were among the last few peo­ple to leave the cre­ma­to­rium.

Ram Jeth­malani’s son Ma­hesh Jeth­malani, a se­nior advocate him­self, lit the fu­neral pyre at 5:25pm. The ex-min­is­ter’s daugh­ter and daugh­terin-law were present. Supreme Court judge Jus­tice DY Chan­drachud paid flo­ral tribute to the noted lawyer at his res­i­dence.

Over Ram Jeth­malani’s death, a se­nior advocate of the Supreme Court, San­jay Hegde, said: "If there is a heaven for lawyers, it will get in­ter­est­ing from now on."

“Ram Jeth­malani was the light of In­dian ju­di­ciary and fa­ther of so­cial jus­tice of India. He was not only an em­i­nent lawyer, but also a dis­tin­guished teacher of law, hu­man rights ac­tivist, ju­rist, vet­eran par­lia­men­tar­ian and a dis­tin­guished min­is­ter. He al­ways led from the front, fight­ing for the so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally marginalis­ed sec­tions of the In­dian society. He was more than a fa­ther to me since my univer­sity days as a stu­dent of law,” said K Ma­hesh, an IAS of­fi­cer and the for­mer pri­vate sec­re­tary to Jeth­malani.

Anindya Chat­topad­hyay

THE FI­NAL JOUR­NEY: For­mer at­tor­ney gen­eral of India Soli Sorab­jee (right) pays tribute to Jeth­malani

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