Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday visited the residence of Ram Jethmalani to pay his last respects to the eminent jurist. Jethmalani, 95, passed away at his official residence in New Delhi on Sunday, days ahead of his 96th birthday on September 14. "PM @narendramodi paid tributes to late Shri Ram Jethmalani Ji at his residence. He expressed condolences to the family members of Shri Jethmalani," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.
PM Modi also met the jurist's family members and consoled them.
Earlier, PM Modi on Sunday condoled the death of Ram Jethmalani, saying the country has lost an exceptional lawyer and an iconic figure who made rich contributions in courts and Parliament. PM Modi said Jethmalani was “witty, courageous and never shied away from boldly expressing himself on any subject”.
“In the passing away of Shri Ram Jethmalani Ji, India has lost an exceptional lawyer and iconic public figure who made rich contributions both in the Court and Parliament. He was witty, courageous and never shied away from boldly expressing himself on any subject,” the prime minister tweeted.
Calling Jethmalani a fearless lawyer, PM Modi said, “One of the best aspects of Shri Ram Jethmalani Ji was the ability to speak his mind. And, he did so without any fear. During the dark days of the Emergency, his fortitude and fight for public liberties will be remembered. Helping the needy was an integral part of his persona.”
“I consider myself fortunate to have got numerous opportunities to interact with Shri Ram Jethmalani Ji. In these sad moments, my condolences to his family, friends and many admirers. He may not be here but his pioneering work will live on! Om Shanti (sic),” he added.