New Delhi, Apr 23 (IBNS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday expressed shock and grief at the passing away of former Chief Justice of India, Justice J S Verma.
In a message, Singh said that Justice Verma was held in great respect as a public figure not only for his vast understanding and knowledge of law and the many path-breaking judgements he delivered as a Judge, but also for his deep sensitivity to the concerns of the common man and his fierce commitment to the public good.
"His service to the country continued even after his retirement as Chief Justice of India, and the positions he held included Chairman, National Human Rights Commission and Chairman News Broadcasters' Standards Authority," said Singh.
The Prime Minister said Justice Verma had always been generous to him with his advice and guidance, which he will miss very much.
"He especially remembered the extraordinary leadership of Justice Verma as Chairman of the committee that was set up to suggest changes in law for dealing more effectively with offences against women. The Prime Minister extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved family," said the PM.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari too condoled Justice Verma´s demise.
In his condolence message, Tewari said, "Justice Verma was an iconic personality, who gave jurisprudence, a new perspective with the judgements that he pronounced. As a firm believer of judicial accountability and probity, Justice Verma will always remain etched in public memory."
"The entire country deeply mourns the passing away of this extra ordinary intellectual who lived by his principles and convictions till the very end. I pray to the almighty that his family gathers the strength to bear the untimely loss," he said.
Justice Verma died here on Monday. He was 80.
He was the 27th Chief Justice of India from March 25, 1997 until his retirement on January 18, 1998.
Justice Verma had been admitted to a hospital in Gurgaon on Friday with liver failure and a bleeding stomach.
He passed away at 9:30 pm on Monday from multiple organ failure.
Recently 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 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.