Monday, March 4, 2024

Former Law Minister and Senior Advocate Shanti Bhushan passes away at 97

Former Minister and Senior Advocate Shanti Bhushan passed away on Monday after brief illness.

Shanti Bhushan has served as a law minister n the Cabinet of Morarji Desai from 1977 to 1979.

As Law Minister, he introduced the Forty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution of India, which repealed many provisions of Forty-second Amendment of the Constitution passed by the Cabinet of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Bhushan joined the Bhartiya Janata Party in 1980. In 1986, he resigned from BJP after the saffron party acted against his advice over an election petition.

Late Shanti Bhushan became a founding member of the Aam Aadmi Party after its formal launch on November 26, 2012.

His death has sent shock waves across the legal fraternity, which always appreciated his endeavours in the field.

Bhushan had founded the NGO named Centre for Public interest litigation in 1980.

His son Prashant Bhushan said that this was the end of an era.

Prominent cases taken up by Shanti Bhushan:

1. Bhushan represented Raj Narain in a case against Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India. Justice Jagmohan Lal Sinha found Indira Gandhi guilty and declared her election to the Lok Sabha as void.

2. In 1994, he appeared for two of the defendants accused of participating in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case.

3. The senior Bhushan represented Shaukat Hussain in 2008 for an appeal against his 10-year conviction for his role in the 2001 Indian Parliament attack.

4. Shanti Bhushan was the Counsel for former Prime Minister of India H.D. Deve Gowda in a petition related to allocation of land for Bangalore – Mysore Infrastructure Corridor.


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