Eminent lawyer and former Union Minister Ram Jethmalani passed away today morning. He was 95 years old.
Veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani passes away at his residence in Delhi. He was 95 years old. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/Utai8qxxh4— ANI (@ANI) September 8, 2019
Though his forte was criminal law, he fought various high-profile, and often controversial, civil cases also. In fact, he first came to light when he fought the infamous Nanavati case. He also served as the Minister of Law & Justice, and in 2010, was elected as the president of Supreme Court Bar Association.
He was known for never shying away from expressing his opinion, a sharp wit, and was considered to be integral in shaping criminal law practices in India. He retired from law in 2017.
Many people took to Twitter to express their grief and offer condolences to his family:
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
Ram Jethmalani ji’s passing away is a irreparable loss to the entire legal community. He will always be remembered for his vast knowledge on legal affairs. My condolences to the bereaved family. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 8, 2019
Sad to learn the passing away of eminent lawyer and former Union Law Minister #RamJethmalani. He was an Independent thinker, had the ability to speak his mind without fear, and a great human.— Yogesh Sagar (@Yogeshsagar09) September 8, 2019
My condolences to his family & friends. 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/4lT4cgwLZA
Paid last respects to Shri Ram Jethmalani. Visited his residence & conveyed my profound condolences to his family members. Also spoke to his son, Mahesh Jethmalani over phone. #RamJethmalani— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) September 8, 2019
Anguished by the passing of legal stalwart and former Union Minister Shri. Ram Jethmalani ji. His demise is an irreparable loss to the legal fraternity & nation. I extend my sincere condolences to his family. #RamJethmalani— Dushyant Singh (@DushyantDholpur) September 8, 2019
Saddened to learn the demise of #RamJethmalani ji. Eminent lawyer, former union law minister, his contributions in the field will be long remembered. An open hearted person, he lived his life on his own terms. RIP pic.twitter.com/4XII4YFsQR— Lal Punjabi (@lal_punjabi) September 8, 2019
At almost 96 years of age with almost 79 years of law practice. Former Union Minister of India #RamJethmalani was full of life and lived a full life. He shall be missed. My deepest condolences are with his loved ones a bit more with Mahesh.— Prasanth Sivan (@PrasanthSivan10) September 8, 2019
Saddened by the demise of #RamJethmalani. Your contribution in law and politics of India will be remembered forever.— Anil Borkar (@BorkarAnil) September 8, 2019
Such a inspirational journey of your life will always encourage to all of us.
May your soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/CKiGHi0dVD
Sad to learn of the demise of Sri Ram Jethmalani. His incisive legal mind and outspoken nature will be missed both in the court and public discourse. My deep condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti. #RamJethmalani #omshanti @BJP4Andhra @BJP4India pic.twitter.com/yyGfE72atu— YS Chowdary (@yschowdary) September 8, 2019
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
Sad news coming in.. the iconic lawyer, a man who was probably the finest criminal lawyer this country has seen, who could woo and intimidate judges in equal measure.. a political gadfly, legal master and a gent who lived life king-size.. Ram Jethmalani has expired at 95. RIP— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) September 8, 2019
As student of Law, from my college days “ #RamJethmalani “ is the name synonymous to finest criminal lawyer, great legal luminary & walking repository of law in the country. I join the legal fraternity in extending deepest condolence & May his soul rest in peace.— Jebi Mather IYC (@JebiMather) September 8, 2019
He lived every moment of life. When he spoke, everybody listened, not because they had to, but they wanted to. In him, not only India but the world saw a legend. He will be remembered by generations to come. #RamJethmalani pic.twitter.com/p3jqWXbLPs— Vishnu Goyal (@VishnuGoyalLIVE) September 8, 2019