New Delhi, Apr 30 (ILNS): Chief Justice NV Ramana condoled the death of former Attorney General and revered lawyer Soli J Sorabjee, who died of COVID-19 today. Justice Ramana called the Late Sorabjee’s approach to legal issues as “humane and compassionate.”
The following is the text of Chief Justice Ramana’s tribute to the late Sorabjee.
“I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Shri Soli Jehangir Sorabjee, former Attorney General of India. In his nearly 68-year long association with judicial world, he made immeasurable contribution in enriching the global jurisprudence of Human Rights and Fundamental Rights.
“The matters that he had argued before the Courts and the judgments that he could secure; the books, essays, papers of international repute and the news paper articles that he had authored; the independent opinions he could tender to the Government in his capacity as the Attorney General – they all stand testimony to his deep commitment to democratic values. He not only lived up to the mandate of Attorney General as enshrined in the Constitution but also raised the bar in discharge of his Constitutional duties.
“Being a champion of ‘Freedom of Press’, he effectively used the media as a platform to elucidate the nuances of complicated legal issues on almost daily basis till recently, literally giving lessons of law to millions of common people who otherwise could not have followed what was happening in the judicial world. His ability to adapt to the new trends in media was remarkable.
“I have personally gained immensely from reading his works, listening to his lectures and arguments and his sagacious guidance and advice, since the time I started practicing as an advocate.
“His humane and compassionate approach defined his legal work. He will be remembered as a legend who added strength to the pillars of democracy.
“I pay my humble tributes to the departed soul. I convey heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and countless fans of Shri Soli Sorabjee, on my own behalf and on behalf of the Supreme Court of India where he will continue to command respect forever.”