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A file photo of former Chief Justice of India J.S. Verma. Photo: Mint (Mint)
A file photo of former Chief Justice of India J.S. Verma. Photo: Mint
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J.S. Verma, former chief justice of India, dies

Verma, who headed the panel to frame a tough law to tackle crime against women, died of multiple organ failure

New Delhi: Former chief justice of India Jagdish Sharan Verma, who headed the government-appointed committee to frame a tough law to tackle crime against women in the wake of the December Delhi gang-rape incident, died on Monday. He was 80.

Dr Yatin Mehta, head of the Institute of Critical Care and Anesthesiology, at Medanta Medicity Hospital in Gurgaon where Verma was admitted, told PTI that the former CJI breathed his last at 9:30pm on Monday.

“He was brought in with liver failure and bleeding from stomach on Friday," Mehta said.

Justice Verma was the 27th Chief Justice of India and served from 25 March 1997 until his retirement on 18 January 1998.

He had headed the committee formed by the government to give recommendations for a stringent anti-rape law after the brutal Delhi gang-rape of a 23-year-old paramedic student on 16 December 2012. Most of the recommendations of this committee, which also had Gopal Subramanian and Leela Seth as its members, were accepted by the government.

The government passed an ordinance based on these suggestions and an anti-rape law was passed by Parliament in the first half of the budget session this year.

Born on 18 January 1933, J.S. Verma had his early education in Satna, Madhya Pradesh.

He began his legal career in 1955 and became a judge of Madhya Pradesh high court in June 1973. He became Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh high court in June,1986 and also served as Chief Justice of Rajasthan high court from September 1986 to mid-1989.

In June 1989, he was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court and became Chief Justice of India in January 1998.

Justice Verma was also a former chairman of National Human Rights Commission.

He was also the first chairperson of News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA).

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