Renowned Jurist Fali S Nariman, Padma Vibhushan Awardee, Passes Away at 95

Renowned legal luminary Fali S Nariman, aged 95, breathed his last in New Delhi, succumbing to age-related ailments. With an illustrious career spanning over five decades, Nariman’s journey began in November 1950 when he enrolled as an advocate of the Bombay High Court. Born on January 10, 1929, in Rangoon to Parsi parents, his commitment to reshaping India’s legal landscape became evident as he took on significant roles such as President of the Bar Association of India from 1991 to 2010 and Additional Solicitor General of India from May 1972 to June 1975. Nariman, a St. Xavier’s College and Government Law College, Mumbai alumnus, garnered accolades including the Padma Bhushan (1991) and Padma Vibhushan (2007). Internationally recognized, he received the Gruber Prize for Justice in 2002.

Throughout his career, Nariman fearlessly advocated for civil liberties, contributing significantly to landmark cases such as the Bhopal gas disaster and the Supreme Court AoR Association. His influence extended globally as he served in prestigious capacities, including President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration and Vice-Chairman of the Internal Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. Despite his accomplishments, Nariman continued to express his opinions, even critiquing recent judicial developments, including the Article 370 case. Married to Bapsi F. Nariman since 1955, he leaves behind a legacy that transcends borders, impacting both the national and international legal spheres. His son, Rohinton Nariman, follows in his footsteps, currently serving as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India.

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