September 13, 2017

Constitutional Law maven and Senior advocate PP Rao passes away


Constitutional Law Expert and Senior Advocate PP Rao, 84, passed away after he suffered a cardiac arrest at New Delhi.

“It is a great loss for the Supreme Court Bar Association and the entire Legal Fraternity”, said SCBA Secretary Gaurav Bhatia.

in July 2017, he had completed golden jubilee of his legal practice. A doyen of Constitutional Law, Senior Advocate P.P. Rao has been a natural successor to legends such as H.M. Seervai, M.C. Setalvad, C.K. Daphtary, N.C. Chatterjee, S.V. Gupte, A.K. Sen and Niren De, whom he all assisted during his early days.

Born on 1 July, 1933, he graduated and mastered in LL.B. and LL.M. from Osmania University, Hyderabad. Rao commenced his career by teaching law in Delhi University in 1961. He was enrolled as an Advocate by the Bar Council of Delhi in 1967 and started practice in the Supreme Court thereafter. Before he was designated as Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in August, 1976, he was an Advocate-on-Record for the State of Andhra Pradesh.

He was elected President of the Supreme Court Bar Association in 1991, and in 2006, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. In 2014, President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, approved Rao’s selection as jurist member of the selection committee of the Lokpal.

Some of the prominent contributions that Rao made included many landmark cases that included Kesavananda Bharati, SR Bommai, Unnikrishnan v. State of AP, TMA Pai, PA Inamdar, and the Babri Masjid demolition case.

Be it from defending the President Rule with secularism as its basis, from opposing evil of capitation fees in educational institutions, he had appeared in several landmark cases that have shaped the law of the land.

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