Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee dies: seasoned lawyer and constitutional law expert | India News

NEW DELHI: Former Indian attorney general and veteran lawyer Soli Sorabjee died on Friday morning at the age of 91. According to family sources, he died of complications from COVID-19.

The seasoned lawyer was born in 1930 in Bombay. The 91-year-old constitutional law expert was recently infected with COVID-19, family sources said.

He was admitted to a private hospital in South Delhi after being infected with COVID-19.

Welcoming his condolences on his death, President Ram Nath Kovind said: “With the passing of Soli Sorabji, we have lost an icon of the Indian legal system. He was one of the privileged few who have profoundly influenced the development of constitutional law and the judicial system. Awarded by Padma Vibhushan, he was among the most eminent jurists. Condolences to his family and associates. “

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed shock at his death. “Shri Soli Sorabjee was an exceptional lawyer and intellectual. Thanks to the law, he was at the forefront of helping the poor and the oppressed. He will be remembered for his remarkable tenures as Attorney General of India. Saddened by his disappearance. Condolences to his family and admirers “, declared the Prime Minister.

Soli Jehangir Sorabjee had been Attorney General of India from 1989 to 1990, then from 1998 to 2004. Sorabjee began his legal practice in 1953 at the Bombay High Court.

In 1971, he was appointed Senior Counsel by the Supreme Court of India. He became Attorney General of India, first from 1989 to 1990, then from 1998 to 2004.

He was also a renowned human rights lawyer. The United Nations appointed him Special Rapporteur for Nigeria in 1997 to report on the human rights situation in that country.

Subsequently, he was appointed a member and later chairman of the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, from 1998 to 2004.

He has been a member of the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and the Protection of Minorities since 1998. He was also a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague from 2000 to 2006.

Sorabjee was a champion of free speech and expression and had championed press freedom in many landmark Supreme Court cases.

During his illustrious career, Sorabjee has also been involved in numerous cases, defending freedom of speech and expression and was instrumental in revoking censorship orders and publication bans.

He had written several books on this subject – The Press Censorship Laws in India (1976); Urgency, Censorship and the Press in India, 1975-77 (1977).

The Indian government awarded him the Padma Vibhushan in March 2002 for his defense of freedom of expression and the protection of human rights.

He appeared before the Supreme Court in some landmark cases such as Maneka Gandhi v. Union of India (1978), SR Bommai v. Union of India (1994), BP Singhal v. Union of India (2010), etc.