Soli Sorabjee: A patient mentor, defender of free speech and jazz aficionado 

Soli Sorabjee- A patient mentor, protector of free speech and jazz aficionado 

Eminent lawyer and former attorney general of India, Soli Sorabjee, died of covid-19-related complications at the age of 91 in New Delhi on 30 April 2021. Mr Sorabjee was seen by his peers as one of the finest jurists in independent India. His legal career spanned nearly 70 years, and he appeared in several leading cases of his time.

Mr Sorabjee served as the attorney general from 1989-90 and then 1998 to 2004. He also served as the solicitor general and additional solicitor general of the government of India.

“He held the position of attorney general with great dignity, competence and commitment to the rule of law,” said Lalit Bhasin, the president of the Society of Indian Law Firms.

Mr Sorabjee was the recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian award, for his exceptional and distinguished service. He started his legal career in 1953, enrolling at the Mumbai Bar. The Supreme Court designated him a senior counsel in 1971 when he was just 41 years old.

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