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Altamas Kabir, former Chief Justice of India, dies in Kolkata

68-year-old Kabir, who was suffering from a kidney ailment and related complications, died at 2.52 pm, a senior hospital official told PTI.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2017 19:10 IST
PTI, Kolkata
Chief Justice of India,Altamas Kabir,Kolkata
Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Altamas Kabir passed away on Sunday afternoon. (HT Photo)

Former chief justice of India Altamas Kabir died in Kolkata on Sunday afternoon. He was 68 and suffering from kidney ailments.

Lamenting at the death of a legal luminary, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “Condolences on the passing of former CJ Altamas Kabir ji. My thoughts with his family/colleagues. India & Bengal have lost a legal luminary.”

Kabir, who hailed from Kolkata, had served as the CJI for a brief period of nine months between September 2012 and July 2013. He had been a Supreme Court judge since September 2005.

“He died at 2.52 pm,” said a spokesperson of the private where Kabir was receiving treatment for renal failure.

As an advocate, Kabir practiced in the Calcutta high court and the district session court between early 1970s and late 1980. He was appointed as a permanent judge in the Calcutta high court in 1990 and served as the acting chief justice of Calcutta high court for a brief period of two months in before being appointed as the chief justice of Jharkhand high court in March 2005.

In September 2005, he was appointed as a Supreme Court judge. In 2012, he became the 39th Chief Justice of India.

Kabir is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.

First Published: Feb 19, 2017 17:06 IST