The Former Attorney General for India and an eminent jurist, Soli Sorabjee, aged 91, died of Covid-19 on Friday morning.
By: Sachin Jain, Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi
Soli Sorabjee was born on 9 March 1930 in Bombay to a Parsi family. He studied at St. Xavier’s College Mumbai and completed his law degree at Government Law College, Mumbai. He was enrolled with the bar in 1953 and started practising in Bombay High Court.
“Shri Soli J Sorabjee served the office of Attorney General of India twice with great distinction. His humane and compassionate approach defined his legal work. His body of work, spread over nearly seven decades, in defending the fundamental rights and human rights is of international repute. He will be remembered as a legend who added strength to the pillars of democracy. I pay my deep respect to the departed soul. Condolences to the family, friends and fans,” said CJI NV Ramana.
Soli Sorabjee was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, in March 2002, for his defence of freedom of expression and the protection of human rights. In March 2006, he was appointed as an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia (AM), “for service to Australia-India bilateral legal relations.”
He has appeared in many leading cases that include Kesavananda Bharati V. State of Kerala, Maneka Gandhi V. Union of India, S.R. Bommai V. Union of India, I.R. Coelho V. State of Tamil Nadu and also in the case of B.P. Singhal V. Union of India.
He died on 30 April 2021 due to COVID-19 in a private hospital in Delhi, where he was undergoing treatment.