Former Union petroleum minister Satya Prakash Malaviya died on Sunday following prolonged illness. He was suffering from prostate cancer and passed away at a private hospital in Delhi.
Malaviya, 84, is survived by a daughter. His wife had passed away four years ago.
The news of his death was confirmed by his Public Relations Officer (PRO) VK Dikshit, who said the minister passed away at 1 am on Sunday.
Malaviya served as the petroleum minister in the cabinet headed by former prime minister Chandra Shekhar.
He also served as environment minister in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet.
Born at Malviyanagar in the city of Allahabad, Malaviya began his political career as a member of Praja Socialist Party. He later joined the Congress.
The former Union minister was jailed for 18 months during Emergency.
Malaviya’s last rites will be performed in Allahabad at 11 am on Monday, his PRO said.