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Legal legend VR Krishna Iyer passes away at age 100

100-year old former Supreme Court judge VR Krishna Iyer passed away today of renal and cardiac failure, reported the Hindu Businessline.

He had been in hospital in Kochi for several weeks with his condition gradually worsening. “He is no more. He passed away at 3.30 pm,” cardiologist Manu R Varma told reporters.

Iyer celebrated his 100th birthday last month in Kerala.

He made the unusual progression from politician to the judiciary, having been elected to the Kerala legislative assembly in 1957, becoming a state minister and in 1968 joining the Kerala high court as a judge.

While on the Supreme Court, to which he was elevated in 1973, he was fundamental in creating the doctrine that would allow public interest litigations (PIL).

For a short profile of the man by @kochi_connect, click here.

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