Justice Verma's family refuses Padma Bhushan

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 31, 2014 07:23 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IBNS) The family of late Justice JS Verma has reportedly refused to accept the Padma Bhushan award on his behalf.

In a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee, Justice Verma´s family members said they were upset as they were not given any official confirmation about the award and that they came to know about it from the media.

The Padma Bhushan is the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan, but comes before the Padma Shri.

Justice Verma died here on Apr 22, 2013 from multiple organ failure. He was 80.

He was the 27th Chief Justice of India from March 25, 1997 until his retirement on January 18, 1998.

He headed the government-appointed committee to frame a tough law to tackle crime against women.

Most of the recommendations of the panel, formed in the wake of the December 2012 gang-rape incident in Delhi, were accepted by the government.

Born on January 18, 1933, Jagdish Sharan Verma had his early education in Satna, Madhya Pradesh.

He began his legal career in 1955, and was appointed as a Judge of Madhya Pradesh High Court in 1973.

A former chairman of National Human Rights Commission, Justice Verma was also the first chairperson of News Broadcasting Standards Authority.

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