New Delhi, Mar 23 (PTI) Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday offered his condolences on the death of India’s former Chief Justice, Ramesh Chandra Lahoti, saying he was from from a humble background to attain the highest position in the Indian judicial system.
Judge Lahoti died in a hospital here on Wednesday evening, family sources said. He was 81 years old.
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Justice Lahoti was appointed as the 35th Chief Justice of India on June 1, 2004 and retired on November 1, 2005.
“Saddened to learn of the passing of Shri RC Lahoti, former Chief Justice of India. He came from a humble background and rose to the highest position of the judiciary in our country due to his ability, knowledge and his wisdom,” Rijiju said in a tweet.
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Born on November 1, 1940, Justice Lahoti joined the Guna District Bar in 1960 and registered as a barrister in 1962.
He was recruited directly to the judiciary in April 1977, from the Bar to the Superior Service of the State Judiciary and was appointed district and assize judge.
After serving in the post for a year, Justice Lahoti resigned in May 1978 and returned to the Bar to practice primarily in the High Court.
He was appointed as an additional judge of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh on May 3, 1988 and appointed as a permanent judge on August 4 the following year.
He was transferred to the Delhi High Court on February 7, 1994 and later appointed as a Supreme Court Justice on December 9, 1998.
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