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Eminent constitutional jurist and senior advocate Fali S. Nariman passed away here on Wednesday. He was 95.

Nariman argued several landmark cases, including the famous NJAC verdict. He also appeared in the important SC AoR Association case (which led to the collegium system), TMA Pai case (on scope of minority rights under Article 30), and many others.

He was appointed Additional Solicitor General of India in May 1972.

Nariman was awarded the Padma Bhushan in January 1991 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2007.

The veteran lawyer was enrolled as an advocate of the Bombay High Court in November 1950. He practised law for more than 70 years beginning from the High Court of Bombay and then moved to the Supreme Court.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Fali Nariman Ji was among the most outstanding legal minds and intellectuals. He devoted his life to making justice accessible to common citizens. I am pained by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and admirers. May his soul rest in peace."

BJP National VP Baijayant Jay Panda tweeted, "Sad to hear of the passing of Fali Nariman. He was among the rare few acknowledged as legends in their own lifetime. I have had the privilege and pleasure of both consulting him in legal matters as well as serving alongside him in Parliament. 
Despite his formidable reputation and intellect, he was always accessible, humble and friendly, a testament to his character and calibre.
Om Shanti."

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