New Delhi, September 8: The death of eminent lawyer and former Union Minister Ram Jethmalani has evoked emotive reactions across the socio-political spectrum, with leaders cutting ideological lines paying homage to the deceased veteran advocate. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and former Finance Minister Subramanian Swamy were among the leaders who expressed sorrow over the demise. Ram Jethmalani Dies: Eminent Lawyer & Ex-Union Minister Passes Away at 95 in Delhi.
Shah also reached the Delhi-based residence of Jethmalani immediately learning about his demise. The 95-year-old lawyer breathed his last at the home, where he was being round the clock medical aid over the last two weeks. His condition had weakened due to age-related ailments.
"Deeply pained to know about the passing away of India’s veteran lawyer and former Union Minister Shri Ram Jethmalani ji. In him we have not only lost a distinguished lawyer but also a great human who was full of life," Shah said.
"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," he added.
Shah Pays Homage to Mortal Remains of Jethmalani:
Paid last respects to Shri Ram Jethmalani ji at his residence in New Delhi. pic.twitter.com/Nmn85ZUg4u
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 8, 2019
PM Modi Extends Condolences:
I consider myself fortunate to have got numerous opportunities to interact with Shri Ram Jethmalani Ji. 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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 8, 2019
Arvind Kejriwal Expresses Sorrow:
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.
RIP Ram sir
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 8, 2019
Subramanian Swamy Recalls Bond With Jethmalani:
My friend turned foe turned very good friend Ram Jethmalani passed away today at 95 years age. Farewell friend
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) September 8, 2019
Jethmalani breathed his last on Sunday morning at his Delhi-based residence. He is survived by his son and noted advocate Mahesh Jethmalani, along with a daughter who is based in the United States. His other daughter Rani Jethmalani had died in December 2011.
Notably, Jethmalani was born on September 14, 1923 in Shikarpur region of Sindh, which now lies in Pakistan. He shifted to Mumbai, then Bombay, at the age of 17 to pursue LLB. After spending more than 75 years in the legal circles, Jethmalani officially retired in September 2017.