Former Chief Justice of India (CJI), Altamas Kabir, passed away, on Sunday morning in Kolkata after being admitted to a hospital a few days earlier. He was 68.
Kabir is survived by his wife Minna, son Deep and daughter Anamika.
Justice Kabir was the 39th Chief Justice of India. He was appointed to the position on September 20, 2012 and retired on July, 19, 2013 after 292 days.
Kabir breathed his last at 2.52 pm at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, where he was admitted on February 8 with multiple problems, including the end stage of renal failure.
“Kabir, who had a kidney transplant in 2007, was suffering from end stage renal disease, urinary tuberculosis, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension,” the hospital said in a statement.
He had also undergone angioplasty in 2005.
He was treated at the hospital multiple times in the past two years. On February 8, he was admitted with complaints of fever with chills, urinary retention, haematuria (presence of red blood cells in the urine) and extreme weakness.
“Deepest Condolences on passing away of former CJI Justice Altamas Kabir. We have lost an eminent and progressive jurist,” he said in a tweet.
“Shri Altamas Kabir shall be particularly remembered for his initiatives with regard to legal reforms,” he said in another tweet.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi remembered him as an outstanding legal luminary and said: “As a judge, Kabir’s contribution to legal and justice system of India shall never be forgotten.”
“His commitment to human rights and constitutional propriety was exemplary,” she added.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the country has lost a legal luminary.
“My thoughts (are) with his family/ colleagues. India and Bengal have lost a legal luminary,” she said in a tweet.
Kabir was born on July 19, 1948, in a famed Bengali Muslim family in Faridpur district (now in Bangladesh). His father Jehangir Kabir was a noted politician, who served in the cabinets of three Chief Ministers of Bengal.
His uncle Humayun Kabir was a noted educationist and writer, and also held important cabinet portfolios under Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri.