PM condoles demise of Justice PN Bhagwati

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 20, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed his grief over the death of Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) P.N. Bhagwati, who passed away here on Thursday, following a brief illness.

As a Supreme Court judge, Bhagwati introduced the concepts of public interest litigation (PIL) and absolute liability to the Indian judicial system.

He was a judge of the Gujarat high court for 13 years and served as chief justice of the high court from 1967 to 1973.

To this regard, Gandhi had subsequently filed a petition in the apex court challenging the order, and claimed that it was a violation of her fundamental rights as guaranteed by Article 21 of the constitution. The Prime Minister added that Bhagwati's demise is saddening and sent his condolences as well. One of the important judgements pronounced by him was in the Maneka Gandhi passport impounding case in 1978 in which he elaborated the concept of the right to life, and ruled that a person's movement can not be restricted.

However, his ruling in the Menaka Gandhi case was a departure from his views in the ADM Jabalpur v Shivkant Shukla case, popularly known as the Habeas Corpus case, in which Bhagwati concurred with the majority view that a person's right to not be unlawfully detained can be suspended by the state during emergency. The judge later acknowledged that his stand was myopic and apologized.

"I am sorry to know about the sad demise of Chief Justice P.N.Bhagwati".

Describing Bhagwati, who died on Thursday, as a stalwart of India's legal fraternity, Modi said he gave voice to millions. He is survived by his wife Prabhavati Bhagwati and three daughters.

The funeral will be held on June 17, they said.

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