Justice JS Verma dies at the age of 80

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Apr 23, 2013 10:24 IST

Former chief justice of India JS Verma


Former Chief Justice of India JS Verma died on Monday night at the Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon.

Justice Verma, 81, was admitted to the hospital after he complained of uneasiness on his return from Mumbai on Friday evening, where he had gone to address a seminar on women’s safety.

Dr Yatin Mehta, a senior doctor at Medanta hospital, told PTI that the eminent jurist breathed his last at 9:30pm.

“He was brought in with liver failure and bleeding from stomach on Friday,” Mehta said.

Known for his frank views on complex legal issues and judicial accountability, Justice Verma headed the panel, which formed the basis for sweeping changes in anti-rape laws following the December 16, 2012 gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in the capital.

Justice Verma, who was the 27th CJI, also headed the National Human Rights Commission between 1998 and 2003. During his tenure in the top human rights panel he indicted the Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government for its role in the 2002 anti-Muslim riots.

As the CJI, Verma was also credited with initiating accountability for judges.

He was opposed to judges taking up post retirement jobs offered by the government and stayed in a rented accommodation in Noida after his retirement. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

(With PTI inputs)

 

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