[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ENIOR advocate and former Additional Solicitor General of India, Amarendra Sharan passed away on Monday morning after suffering a cardiac arrest in Rishikesh, Uttrakhand. He was 69.
He joined the Bar in August 1975 and started practising in the Patna High Court. On becoming the Advocate-on-Record, he started his practice in the Supreme Court in 1981 and was later designated a Senior Advocate in the year 2000.
He was appointed as the Additional Solicitor General in 2004 and continued till 2009, representing the Central Government in the Supreme Court.
He appeared before the Supreme Court in BhimaKoregoan case, 2G spectrum case, and successfully defended the 2005 constitutional amendment for SC/ST and OBC reservation in higher educational institutions.
Additionally, he represented the Central Bureau of Investigation in many high-profile cases including Coal scam and CBI v CBI.
Expressing shock, Supreme Court Bar Association, several lawyers, journalists and civil society members have condoled his passing away and paid their tributes.
A man of courage much needed in these difficult times has left us , a loss to the profession, a personal loss , he stood by the Lawyers Collective, Anand Grover, and me through all our troubles , we stand by his family now. RIP https://t.co/SBTYdUvHj1
— Indira Jaising (@IJaising) August 12, 2019
Huge loss to legal fraternity as former Additional Solicitor General & Senior Advocate Amarendra Sharan passes away. He suffered a cardiac arrest this morning in Rishikesh and could not be revived. May his soul rest in eternal peace and the family the strength to bear the loss.
— Utkarsh Anand (@utkarsh_aanand) August 12, 2019
Hearing news that Sr. Advocate Amarendra Sharan passed away last night.
I will always remember him as a gentle soul who gave time to cub reporters and seniors alike.
May he rest in peace!
— Ritika Jain (@riotsjain) August 12, 2019
Recalling his association with Sharan, senior Advocate Dushyant Dave described him as “a top-class lawyer, perfect gentleman, great friend, strong family man and courtesy personified.”
Senior advocate KTS Tulsi also bemoaned his passing aways, saying that “I have lost a genuine friend.”
The executive committee of the Supreme Court Bar Association has also mourned “untimely demise of one of its senior-most and esteemed members.”
The committee in a statement maintained that “Mr Sharan was known for his amiable personality, helpful nature and astute knowledge of the law. The void created by his passing would be difficult to fill in the legal fraternity and the Supreme Court Bar in particular.”