Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee dies of COVID-19

He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2002, the second-highest civilian honour in the country for defending free speech and protecting human rights.

India’s former Attorney General of India Soli Sorabjee died of Covid at a private hospital in New Delhi on Friday morning. He was 91. He is survived by wife, two sons and daughter.


Born on March 9, 1930, Sorabjee obtained his LLB degree from Government Law College, Mumbai. Soli started his career in 1953 at the Bombay High Court. In 1971, Soli was designated a senior advocate. In 2002.


He was famously assisting Nani Palkhivala, in the landmark Keshavananda Bharati case who argued against the government that shaped the constitutional history of India in which a 13-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court propounded the doctrine of basic structure.


He was there in another famous IR Coelho case (2007), in which a nine-judge Constitution Bench ruled that laws placed in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution don't enjoy a blanket protection from judicial review.


Soli also appeared in the BP Singhal case (2010) wherein the Supreme Court held that governors could not be dismissed without due cause.


He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2002, the second-highest civilian honour in the country for defending free speech and protecting human rights. He also served as a member of various UN bodies and international organisations, including the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague from 2000-06.

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