Veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani, 94, announced his retirement from the legal profession on Saturday, ending a career that has spanned over seven decades, reported News 18.

He made the announcement at a function organised by the Bar Council of India to felicitate new Chief Justice of India, Justice Dipak Misra. Speaking at the function, he alleged that the present government has "let down" the nation like the previous UPA government.

He termed as "calamity" the present status of governance and said he would continue to fight corrupt politicians.

"The country is not in a good shape. The previous and the current governments, both have let down the nation very badly. It is the duty of the members of the bar and all good citizens to rise to this great calamity," he said, adding that they should do their best to see that those in positions of power are shown the exit door as soon as possible, reported PTI.

"I am here just to tell you I am retiring from the profession but I am taking on a new role as long as I am alive. I wish to combat the corrupt politicians that have been brought into the position of power and I hope the condition of India will take good shape," Jethmalani said.