Former Supreme Court choose Justice AR Lakshmanan dies at 78

Chennai, August 27

Justice AR Lakshmanan, former choose of the Supreme Court and ex-chairman of the Law Commission of India, died following a coronary heart assault at a hospital, his household mentioned on Thursday.

He was 78 and he died at a hospital in Tiruchirappalli on Wednesday at 11.30 pm. He is survived by two sons and two daughters.

“He suffered a heart attack at 11 am on Wednesday and was rushed to a hospital in Karaikudi where he was stabilised and then admitted to a hospital in Tiruchirappalli where he collapsed before a procedure could be done,” Lakshmanan’s son, ARL Sundaresan, a chosen senior advocate, informed PTI.

He had been a member, representing Tamil Nadu, within the Supreme Court-appointed empowered committee on Mullaiperiyar dam.

Justice Lakshmanan Arunachalam’s loss of life comes two days after the loss of life of his spouse Meenakshi Aachi who handed away on August 24.

A local of Devakottai in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, he was born on March 22, 1942 and graduated from the Madras Law College and enrolled as an advocate in 1968 and practised in writs and legal issues on the unique and appellate sides of the Madras High Court.

He had served as a authorities pleader, Tamil Nadu authorities, and had additionally been a standing counsel to banks earlier than elevation as everlasting choose of the Madras High Court on June 14, 1990.

Transferred to the Kerala High Court in 1997, he had additionally served as Acting Chief Justice there.

He was appointed Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court in 2000 and later served as Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court in 2001.

Appointed choose of the Supreme Court on December 20, 2002, he retired on March 22, 2007.

Post retirement, he was chairman of the Law Commission (18th Law Commission).

Justice Lakshmanan was a part of a bench that banned smoking in public locations.

He permitted “gold cover” for the Sabarimala temple and had ordered that anybody who donated elephant to temples ought to create a money endowment for the care of the elephant.

Also, he had issued a telephonic order to allow a scholar to write down a college examination.

A prolific reader, he has authored a number of books in Tamil and English, together with ‘Neethiyin Kural’ (The Voice of Justice) and ‘The Judge Speaks’, a compilation of lectures on varied judicial and social points. PTI

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