Eminent jurist, maverick lawyer and former Union Minister of Law, Ram Jethmalani announced his retirement at 94.
One of the highest-paid lawyers in the country, Ram Jethmalani on September 9 announced his retirement from the legal profession after more than seven decades. Known for never mincing his words, his career has been marked by high-profile cases and run-ins with some of the most powerful people in the country.
Here are few interesting facts about the ace lawyer that you may not know:
- Ram Jethmalani obtained a law degree when he was all of 17 and practiced law in Karachi until the partition of India.
- In 1959, Ram Jethmalani appeared in the famous K.M. Nanavati vs. State of Bombay case. This was the last case to be heard as a jury trial in India, as the government abolished jury trials soon after. Rustom, a recently released Bollywood movie starring Akshay Kumar was based on this case.
- One of India’s most renowned lawyers, he has also served as the Law Minister of India and also as the Minister of Urban Development during the Prime Ministership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. However, the advocate in the later years went on to contest the general elections of 2004 against Atal Bihari Vajpayee from the Lucknow constituency.
- A prominent criminal defense lawyer, he has represented the killers of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Dalal street scammers Harshad Mehta and Ketan Parekh, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP Kanimozhi (2G Scam) among others. He also opposed the hanging of Parliament Attack accused Kashmiri separatist leader Afzal Guru with gusto and belief.
- In Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case, Jethmalani argued for the convict Murugan and told the Supreme Court that the suicide bomb attack was not a crime against India
- In 1987, he contested for President at the age of 64.
- He also represented the nationwide hated accused and convicted Manu Sharma in the Jessica Lal murder case.
- In recent times, he represented Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in a case against Union minister Arun Jaitley. However, he soon abandoned ship after he raised an invoice of Rs 1.05 crore which the CM refused to pay.