Ram Boolchand Jethmalani an eminent jurist and a former union minister passed away yesterday. He left behind him a legacy of his illustrious legal career which was filled with controversies and achievements. From becoming a law graduate at a tender age of 17 to being the costliest lawyer of the country, Ram Jethmalani saw it all during his life span.
During his legal career, he pleaded in some of the most controversial cases of his time. Today, we would turn the clock backward and would take a look at the top 6 controversial cases that Mr. Jethmalani fought during his career as a law practitioner.
Commander Nanavati Case
This one was probably the first controversial case of Independent India. Many of you can relate this to the Akshay Kumar starer 2016 hit flick Rustom which eventually won the National award that year. Jethmalani though not pleaded directly for commander K.M. Nanavati but was involved in assisting the public prosecutors involved in the case.
PM Assassination Case
Interestingly Jethmalani was involved in the assassination cases of two former PMs of India that is Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. In 1984 in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination Jethmalani was the senior counsel for the convicts who were eventually her bodyguards. 7 years later he presented the case for the assassination convicts of Rajiv Gandhi who was son of Indira Gandhi and Prime Minister of India at that time.
2G Spectrum case is one of the most controversial cases of the last decade. It is one of the iconic cases of UPA-2 rule that followed a series of corruption cases which eventually led to the dethroning of the Congress government from power. Jethmalani presented the case for Kanimozhi a DMK legislator and daughter of former Tamil Nadu CM Karunanidhi.
Jessica Lal Case
Jessica Lal Murder Case was another high profile case of the late 1990s. Manu Sharma was accused of killing Delhi based model and barmaid Jessica Lal for her not offering him drinks post the closing hours of the bar. The case of Manu Sharma was presented by Jethmalani carrying on his image of being a lawyer who is not afraid to put his hands in cases that no one other dares to present.
Harshad Mehta Case
Harshad Mehta scandal is a well-known scandal that shook the stock market in the early 1990s. Harshad Mehta was charged with serious financial crimes and most of the lawyers backed off from presenting his case. Jethmalani took the case in hand and presented the cause of Harshad Mehta in the courts of law.
Asharam Bapu Case
Asharam Bapu Case was one of the recent cases taken up by Jethmalani. Asharam Bapu was facing multiple charges on grounds of sexual assaults and murder and was arrested. Jethmalani came up to his defense in the sexual assault case. Jethmalani presented the case of Asharam Bapu in regards to the charges framed on him in the Surat rape case, Jodphur rape case and Delhi gang-rape case.