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Former attorney general Soli Sorabjee dies of COVID-19

NEW DELHI: Former attorney general and human rights lawyer Soli Jehangir Sorabjee succumbed to COVID-19 here this morning.

He was 91.

A senior lawyer and Padma Vibhushan awardee, Sorabjee was under treatment at a private hospital here.

The Mumbai-born legal luminary was born in 1930. Sorabjee started his law practice in 1953 in Bombay High Court. He was designated senior counsel by the Supreme Court in 1971.

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Sorabjee became attorney general first in 1989 and then again from 1998 to 2004.

A human rights lawyer, Sorabjee was also appointed a UN special rapporteur for Nigeria in 1997.

Sorabjee had joined the UN Sub-Commission on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and was its chairman from 1998 to 2004. He was also a member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities.

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Sorabjee served as a member of the UN world court or the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague from 2000 to 2006.

In 2002, he was appointed a member of the Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution of India.

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