Reacting to the demise of senior Supreme Court advocate Ram Jethmalani, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, 8 September, tweeted that the former Union minister was “witty, courageous and never shied away from boldly expressing himself on any subject.”
In a series of tweets, he also hailed Jethmalani for his “ability to speak his mind,” adding that “During the dark days of the Emergency, his fortitude and fight for public liberties will be remembered.”
President Ram Nath Kovind paid his tribute saying the country “has lost a distinguished jurist, a person of great erudition and intellect”.
Home Minister Amit Shah termed Jethmalani’s demise an “irreparable loss.”
PM Modi also reached Jethmalani’s office to offer his condolences.
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted saying Jethmalani’s “powerful advocacy” has left a “worthy example in legal profession.”
‘The Nation Has Lost a Great Son’
Congress leader and Supreme Court lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi put out several tweets recounting his chemistry with Jethmalani.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his condolence message said, "Deep condolences on the demise of Shri Ram Jethmalani. In his death India has lost an eminent jurist, an able administrator and a seasoned parliamentarian,", reported news agency PTI.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi also extended her condolences to Jethmalani’s family and friends, according to PTI.
Congress leader Kapil Sibal also tweeted saying Jethmalani’s knowledge of criminal law was matched by none.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed his grief calling the senior lawyer “an institution in himself”.
CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury tweeted referring to Jethmalani as a "legal legend".