Former Chief Justice of India RC Lahoti dies at 81


Guwahati: Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ramesh Chandra Lahoti died on Wednesday at a hospital in New Delhi. He was 81.

On June 1, 2004, Justice Lahoti was appointed as the 35th chief justice of India. He retired on November 1, 2005.

Born on November 1, 1940, he joined as an advocate in 1962 after joining the Bar in Guna district in 1960.

In April 1977, he was appointed as a district and sessions judge after being recruited directly from the bar to the State Higher Judicial Service.

After a year on the job, Justice Lohati resigned in May 1978 and returned to the bar, focusing his practice in the High Court.

On May 3, 1988, he was appointed as an additional judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, and on August 4, 1988, he was promoted to permanent judge.

On February 7, 1994, he was transferred to the Delhi High Court, and on December 9, 1998, he was appointed as a Supreme Court judge.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Justice Lahoti.

“Anguished by the passing away of former CJI Shri RC Lahoti Ji. He will be remembered for his contributions to the judiciary and emphasis on ensuring speedy justice to the underprivileged. Condolences to his family and well-wishers. Om Shanti,” the Prime Minister tweeted.