Former Indian Attorney General Ashok Desai dies

NEW DELHI: Former Indian Attorney General and Chief Counsel Ashok Desai passed away Monday morning.

Awarded, Desai served as the Attorney General of India from July 9, 1996 to May 6, 1998.

Previously, he was the Attorney General of India from December 18, 1989 to December 2, 1990.

Desai studied in prestigious Pune and then went to Mumbai.

He began his practice in 1956 at the Bombay High Court and was appointed as Lead Counsel on August 8, 1977.

Desai dealt with several important cases, including the decriminalization of homosexuality, the Vineet Narain case related to the investigation of corruption allegations against high-ranking public officials in the country, the Narmada Dam case and the Illegal Migrants Law. (Determination by the Court) (IMDT) in, among others.

In 1972, when playwright Vijay Tendulkar's controversial social commentary 'Sakharam Binder' faced an obscenity ban, it was Desai who came to his rescue.

His defense was responsible for removing the censorship laws in Maharashtra.

Leading attorneys took to Twitter to pay tribute to Desai and described him as the doyen of the bar.

Lead attorney Kapil Sibal said: Ashok Desai, lead attorney, passed away this morning. A bar lieutenant will always be remembered for his contributions to the law and for his unsurpassed ingenuity. My condolences to the family for this loss. May his soul rest peace.

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan tweeted: RIP Ashok Bhai, a law school lieutenant, former AG and a good man, with the highest ethical standards and committed to many causes. He was a member of our Judicial Responsibility Committee that spearheaded Judge Ramaswami's indictment and campaigned for better accountability of judges.