Soli Sorabjee, a lawyer and former Advocate General (Attorney General) passed away on April 30, 2021 in Karona. He was 91 years old. Sorabjee called on the then Prime Minister V. P. Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee had served as Advocate General from 1989-90 and from 1998 to 2004.
He wrote and spoke on law and justice, media censorship, and the state of emergency. In the case of Shreya Singhal in 2015, he became a human being
He was instrumental in forcing the repeal of a clause in the Information Technology Act that impeded freedom of expression or speech. The court had said at the time that section 66A was unconstitutional and violated freedom of expression and speech. The court had accepted Sorabjee’s statement that freedom of speech and expression was being violated by the article.
He had defended India against Pakistan in the International Court of Justice. An Indian Navy patrol aircraft during the 1999 Kargil war was torn down. He had demanded compensation. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) had ruled that Sorabjee’s side was correct and that Pakistan could not seek any compensation as the matter did not fall under the jurisdiction of the court.
Sorabji was born into a Parsi family in 1930. In 1953, he joined the Bar Association. He was a Senior Advocate in the Mumbai High Court in 1971. Sorabji, Keshavanand Bharti and S. R. Bommai had sided with the case. The Bommai case was related to the presidential regime imposed by the Center in the states for nonsensical reasons. In 1997, he was appointed by the United Nations as Nigeria’s Special Envoy for Human Rights. From 1998 to 2004, he was a member and later chairman of the United Nations Board for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights. He served in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague from 2000 to 2006.
References : E-Paper Loksatta