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Justice R.S. Pathak passes away
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 18
Former Chief Justice of India and President of the Tribune Trust, Justice R.S Pathak passed away today following a brief illness at a hospital in South Delhi.

He was 82. He is survived by his wife Asha Pathak and three sons Vivek Pathak, Jai Pathak and Anand Pathak. The cremation will take place at noon tomorrow at the Lodhi Road crematorium.

Justice Pathak had been admitted to the hospital for the past two weeks following a hip dislocation. He suffered a massive heart attack in the early hours and breathed his last at around 1 am.

Justice Pathak, the second son of Gopal Swarup Pathak, former Vice-President of the country, was born in Bareilly. He began his legal career in Allahabad High Court as a lawyer and holds the unique distinction of being the youngest person ever to be appointed a judge.

Subsequently, he was appointed Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court and then became a judge of the Supreme Court before taking over as the Chief Justice of India in 1986. Before he completed his tenure as the CJI, he was elected as a Judge of the International Court of Justice, The Hague. He also served as president of the ad hoc division of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport, Switzerland, for many years.

In a brilliant career spanning over 50 years, Justice Pathak rendered several landmark judgements and achieved many distinctions in India and abroad.

Justice Pathak played a crucial role in running the Tribune Trust as a member initially, before taking over as its President in 2002.

He was also the Chairman of the National Committee for the Promotion of Economic and Social Welfare besides being the President of the Centre for Research on Environment, Ecology and Development.

He also had the distinction of being Member, Board of Advisers, Foundation for International Environment Law and Development, London, and the Chairman of the Nehru Trust for Indian Collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

He was elected Chairman of the World Congress on Law and Medicine in 1985 and was the Member of the International Panel of Chief Justices on Genetic Technology in Seoul in 1987. He remained the president of the Indian Law Institute from 1986 to 1989.



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