Former Chief Justice of India PN Bhagwati dead

Former Chief Justice of India PN Bhagwati dead

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled the death of former chief justice of India PN Bhagwati. "My deepest condolences", Modi tweeted.

Justice Bhagwati began his career as an advocate in the Bombay high court.

It was Justice Bhagwati who introduced the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to Indian judicial system.

Former Chief Justice of India PN Bhagwati passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday evening.

Bhagwati was 17 Chief Justice of India, and held the highest judicial post between July 1985 and December 1986.

Justice Bhagwati was also against death sentence. He was 95, and is survived by his wife and three daughters. The family said that the funeral will be held on Saturday in New Delhi. He presided over the Supreme Court as its Chief Justice until his retirement in 1985.

But his flawless tenure as judge was marred by a black spot, the controversial judgment in the ADM Jabalpur case (popularly referred to as the habeas corpus case) where he decreed that during Emergency, the fundamental rights of citizens can be suspended.

Maneka Gandhi had later filed a writ petition under Article 32 of the constitution in the Supreme Court challenging the order of the government of India claiming it violated her fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 21 of the constitution.

He became famous when an important judgment was given by him on Maneka Gandhi passport impounding case in 1978 which ruled that a person has full right to hold a passport and person's movement can not be restricted.