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Veteran lawyer, former law minister Ram Jethmalani passes away at 95

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WION Web Team New Delhi, India Sep 08, 2019, 09.11 AM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Former Union Law Minister and veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani passed away at his residence in Delhi on Sunday morning. 

Jethmalani was 95 years old. 

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He was keeping unwell for long. 

Born on 14 September 1923 in Shikarpur in present-day Pakistan, Jethmalani has served a Union Minister apart from practicing as a lawyer. 

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He was appointed Union Law Minister as well as held the portfolio of Urban Development Ministry. 

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Later in his career, he was chosen as the chairman of the Bar Council of India and was elected the president of the Supreme Court of India in 2010. 

He earned his LL.B.degree at the age of 17. 

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Jethmalani has held some controversial and number of high-profile defence cases to his credit as a lawyer. Some of them include the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, Indira Gandhi assassination among many others. His recent case was in defence of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in the defamation case filed by former Finance Minister late Arun Jaitley. 

Jethmalani was appointed as the Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha - once from Rajasthan and from Bihar in the year 2016.

He announced his retirement from the judicial profession in September 2017.