New Delhi, April 23 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday expressed shock and grief at the passing away of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Justice J. S. Verma.
Justice Verma expired at the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon on Monday. He was 80.
In his message, Dr. Singh said that Justice Verma was held in great respect as a public figure not only for his vast understanding and knowledge of law and the many path-breaking judgements he delivered as a judge, but also for his deep sensitivity to the concerns of the common man and his fierce commitment to the public good.
“His service to the country continued even after his retirement as Chief Justice of India, and the positions he held included Chairman, National Human Rights Commission and Chairman News Broadcasters’ Standards Authority,” Dr. Singh added.
The Prime Minister added that Justice Verma had always been generous to him with his advice and guidance, which he will miss very much.
He especially remembered the extraordinary leadership of Justice Verma as Chairman of the committee that was set up to suggest changes in law for dealing more effectively with offences against women.
The Prime Minister extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved family.
Justice JS Verma passed away due o multiple organ failure.
Justice Verma headed the panel which had recommended changes in the rape law. The panel was formed to make the rape law stricter after the brutal rape and murder of a para-medical student in the national capital on December 16 last year.
The government passed an Ordinance based on these suggestions and an anti-rape law was passed by Parliament in the first half of the budget session this year.
Dr Yatin Mehta, head of the Institute of Critical Care and Anesthesiology, at Medanta Medicity Hospital in Gurgaon where Verma was admitted, said the former chief justice breathed his last at 9:30 p.m. on Monday.
“He was brought in with liver failure and bleeding from stomach on Friday,” Dr. Mehta said.
Justice Verma was the 27th Chief Justice of India and served from March 25, 1997 until his retirement on January 18, 1998.
Born on January 18, 1933, Jagdish Sharan Verma had his early education in Satna, Madhya Pradesh.
He began his legal career in 1955 and became a Judge of Madhya Pradesh High Court in June-1973. He became Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court in June,1986 and also served as Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court from September, 1986 to mid-1989.
In June, 1989, he was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court and became Chief Justice of India in January, 1998.
Justice Verma was also a former Chairman of National Human Rights Commission.
He was also the chairmen of News Broadcasting Standards Authority.
Justice Verma was a part of the nine-judge bench in 1994 which gave the landmark verdict in the S R Bommai case relating to proclamation of President’s Rule under Article 356 of the Constitution in Karnataka.
In this judgement, the Supreme Court held that Presidential proclamation can only be imposed after Parliament’s approval.
Another important judgement given by Justice Verma was setting aside the Bombay High Court verdict holding the election of Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi to Maharashtra Assembly as void in 1996.
In the judgement, the apex court said that Hindutva is a way of life.
As Chief Justice of India, Justice Verma also heard the Jain Hawala Case in which it was held that the notings in the diary containing the initials of some persons does not amount to a piece of evidence. (ANI with inputs)