By Venus Kumar for ZeroHour News
Former Chief Justice of India JagdishSharanVerma succumbed to multiple-organ failure at 9:30pm local time on April 22nd 2013.
The 1994 case of SR Bommai dealing with proclamation of President’s Rule under Article 356 of the constitution, the Jain Hawala Case and upholding the election of Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi to Maharashtra Assembly as void in 1996 are some of the important ones dealt by Justice Verma during his tenure.
Justice Verma, 80, recently headed the panel to frame tougher laws to combat crimes against women in in the country against the backdrop of the recent Delhi gangrape incident that shocked the nation. In his illustrious career as a judge at the Supreme Court of India, Justice Vermadeliberated over 470 cases.
Admitted to the Vedanta hospital on April 19th, Justice Verma was diagnosed with liver failure and bleeding from the stomach, PTI quoted Dr Yatin Mehta, senior practitioner at the hospital as saying.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh led the nation in paying fulsome praise and respects to the former CJI and recalled Justice Verma’s deep sensitivity to the concerns of the common man and his fierce commitment to the public good.
“His service to the country continued even after his retirement as Chief Justice of India and the positions he held included chairman, National Human Rights Commission and chairman News Broadcasters’ Standards Authority”, the Prime Minister said in a statement.
Dr. Singh remarked that he would miss the octogenarian’s advice and guidance on matters of public importance.
Leader of Opposition in the LokSabha and BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) leader SushmaSwaraj noted, “Sorry to know about the sad demise of Chief Justice JS Verma. My condolences to the bereaved family.”
Justice Verma served as the 27th Chief Justice of India and was first appointed to the Supreme Court in 1989. He also served as the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission between 1998 and 2003. Known for his forthright views and public propriety Justice Verma fiercely opposed the appointment of Judges to post retirement jobs.
The University of Allahabad alumnus, the former CJI is survived by his wife and two daughters.
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