Former Chief Justice P.N.Bhagwati Passes Away

Pioneer of Indian Judicial activism in India who introduced PIL, Bhagwati, died at the age of 95.

New Delhi: Former Justice of India, Justice P.N.Bhagwati passed away on Thirsday night at 8pm, who was 95 years old. He was critically ill for a few days.

Bhagwati, graduate from Government Law college in Mumbai, started his practice in Mumbai High Court. He became a judge in Gujarat in 1960 and later on became Gujarat High Court Chief Justice in 1967.

He became Chief justice of India on July 12th, 1985 and retired as CJI on December, 1986. He was known for introducing and pioneering Public Interest Litigation ( PIL) which transformed legal landscape in the country. He became famous when an important judgement was given by him on Maneka Gandhi passport impounding case in 1978 which ruled that a person has full right to hold a passport and person’s movement can’t be restricted.

He is also a freedom fighter and participated in movement in the year 1942 and was underground for more than 4 months.
Bhagwati is the brother of economist Jagdish Bhagawati and neuro surgeon SN Bhawati. His funeral will take place on June 17th in New Delhi.

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