Former Attorney General of India and senior advocate Soli J Sorabjee passed away on Friday morning due to COVID-19.

The 91-year-old Padma Vibhushan recipient breathed his last at a private hospital in New Delhi.

Condoling Sorabjee’s death, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said, “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.”

A legal professional for almost seven decades and an eminent human rights advocate, he served as the Attorney General for India twice – between 1989-90 and 1998 to 2004.

Sorabjee was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, second highest civilian award in India, in March 2002 for his defence of freedom of speech and protection of human rights.

He was appointed by the UN as a Special Rapporteur for Nigeria, in 1997, to report on the human rights situation in that country. Following this, he become a member and later Chairman of the UN-Sub Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, from 1998 to 2004. He has also served as member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague from 2000 to 2006.

Leaders across the country have expressed grief over his demise.

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