Kochi, Dec 04: Noted legal luminary and former Supreme Court Judge VR Krishna Iyer passed away at a private hospital here on Thursday afternoon. He breathed his last at around 3.30 pm. He was 100.
Justice Iyer died due to renal and cardiac failure. His family members were by his side at the hospital.
He was sworn in as the judge of the Supreme Court on July 17, 1973 and retired at the age of 65 on Nov.14, 1980.
Born to criminal lawyer VV Rama Ayyar in 1915 in Thalassery, justice Iyer studied at the Basel Mission School, Thalassery, Victoria College, Palakkad, Annamalai University and Madras Law College.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several politicians and legal luminaries mourned the demise of the renowned jurist.
"Fine lawyer,eminent jurist,incredible philosopher & above all a phenomenal human being.I bow to Justice Krishna Iyer", Modi took to twitter to offer his condolence. Remembering him, "My association with Justice Krishna Iyer was special. My mind goes back to our conversations & the insightful letters he would write to me", he posted.
"Whenever I would meet or talk to him, I would find him full of enthusiasm, always talking about the well-being of India. A remarkable man!", he added.
"May Justice Krishna Iyer's soul attain eternal peace. My thoughts are with his family during this moment of immense sadness", Modi further tweeted.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also tweeted, "Sad to learn that centenarian Justice VR Krishna Iyer has passed away. Judge,minister,social reformer,human rights activist,great human. RIP".
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