NEW DELHI: Former attorney general and legal luminary Soli J Sorabjee died of Covid-19 on Friday morning.
He was 91-year-old and is survived by wife, a daughter and two sons.
Sorabjee and his wife had tested positive for Covid-19 some days back, sources said. While wife was recovering well, Sorabjee succumbed as he had many comorbidities.
Sorabjee was awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award, in the year 2002 for his defence of the freedom of expression and the protection of human rights.
A human rights champion of international acclaim, Sorabjee had been a votary of protection of fundamental rights of the last man standing in the socio-economic hierarchy.
Sorabjee was known for his contribution in the field of constitutional law. He had also helped India win in International Court of Justice against Pakistan in the Atlantique downing case of 1999.
Overwhelmed by 2008 terror strike in Mumbai, Sorabjee had given vent to public angst by filing a PIL in SC for a direction to the Centre to equip and train the police making them capable of tackling terrorists and creating an atmosphere where citizens’ right to life is protected.