Everything you need to know about Ram Jethmalani | Check

Veteran lawyer Ram Boolchand Jethmalani passed away on Sunday at the age of 95, leaving behind a huge void in India's legal circle.

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Published on: 8 Sep 2019 8:18 AM GMT
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Lucknow: Veteran lawyer Ram Boolchand Jethmalani passed away on Sunday at the age of 95, leaving behind a huge void in India's legal circle.

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He has represented a sweep of cases from the high-profile to the controversial for which he has often faced severe criticism. Ram Jethmalani obtained his LL.B.degree at the age of 17 and started practising law in his hometown (in today's Pakistan) until the partition of India. He married Durga Jethmalani and later, he married Ratna Jethmalani.

The partition led him to move to Mumbai as a refugee and he began his life afresh with his family. He has two sons and two daughters.

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He has a number of high-profile defence cases to his credit as a lawyer – people involved in market scams (Harshad Mehta and Ketan Parekh), and a host of gangsters and smugglers including the British citizen Daisy Angus who was acquitted of hashish smuggling after serving five years in jail. He also defended L. K. Advani in the Hawala scam.

He was in the news for taking up the defence of Manu Sharma, prime accused in the Jessica Lall murder case; however, he failed to get Manu Sharma acquitted. He was to be defending Lalit Modi, former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman and commissioner. He was criticized a lot too.

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Known for his contributions in the field of law, Jethmalani came in the spotlight after he got involved with the Nanavati murder case, which was one of the last cases to be heard by a jury in India. It was subsequently abolished in 1959.

He became one of the highest-paid lawyers in India due to his ability to turn around the hardest of cases and defended many high-profile personalities including politicians and gangsters throughout his career.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "India has not only lost an exceptional lawyer but also an iconic personality."

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