Former Law Minister and Senior Advocate Shanti Bhushan died at the age of 97 on Tuesday. He has not been active in public life for the last few years due to health-related issues.
When he won a case against then-PM Indira Gandhi
Bhushan represented Raj Narain in a case against then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in which the court found her guilty and declared Gandhi's electoral victory to the Lok Sabha void which subsequently triggered massive political outrage. Later the row led to the declaration of a state of emergency in India.
He was one of the top legal experts and activists who played a key role in several landmark reforms in the laws. Bhushan was also a politician who started his career with Congress (O) party and later the Janata Party.
He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1977 to 1980. Bhushan assumed the office of Union Law Minister in the Morarji Desai government from 1977 to 1979.
He was known for introducing the forty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution of India which revoked many provisions of law made by the Indira Gandhi government.
Bhushan joined the Bhartiya Janata Party in 1980 and later in 1986, he resigned from the saffron party.
He was one of the founding members of the Aam Aadmi Party. His son Prashant Bhushan is also a noted legal activist who takes on the government on several legal matters.