Soli Sorabjee, a doyen among legal luminaries, passes away

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Born in 1930, Sorabjee started his practice in 1953 and was designated as ‘Senior Advocate’ in 1971 by the Supreme Court…reports Asian Lite News.

Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee died of Covid in a private hospital here on Friday. One of the top most lawyers of the country, Sorabjee (91) was tested positive of Covid a few days ago and was being treated in a private hospital in the national capital. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and two sons.

In his around seven decades of legal profession, Sorabjee served twice as the Attorney General for India. First from 1989-90 and second from 1998 to 2004.

Born in 1930, Sorabjee started his practice in 1953 and was designated as ‘Senior Advocate’ in 1971 by the Supreme Court.

He was conferred Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award, in 2002 for his exemplary services.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice NV Ramana and several Union ministers on Friday condoled the death.

“Shri Soli Sorabjee was an outstanding lawyer and intellectual. Through law, he was at the forefront of helping the poor and downtrodden. He will be remembered for his noteworthy tenures India’s Attorney General. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers,” PM Modi tweeted.

A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and justices Surya Kant and AS Bopanna, just before the start of the day’s court proceedings virtually, said, “It a very sad news that human rights fighter Soli has passed away this morning. We pray for the gentle soul”.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh also extended his condolences and called Sorabjee an “exceptional legal mind and a great scholar of the Indian constitution.” “Deeply pained by the demise of India’s former Attorney General and veteran jurist, Shri Soli Sorabjee,” Singh tweeted. “His services to the nation will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family,” he added.

Union home minister Amit Shah said that Sorabjee would always be remembered for his contribution in the field of constitutional law. “Anguished to learn about the passing away of Shri Soli Sorabjee, a noted jurist and former Attorney General of India,” Shah tweeted.

“Sorabjee was a doyen of the legal fraternity, who will always be remembered for his contribution in the field of constitutional law. My condolences to his family,” Amit Shah said.

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