Former CJI R S Pathak passes away

Former Chief Justice of India R S Pathak, who headed the panel to look into the controversial UN oil-for-food scam, died here on Saturday following a heart attack.

New Delhi, Nov 18: Former Chief Justice of India R S
Pathak, who headed the panel to look into the controversial UN
oil-for-food scam, died here on Saturday following a heart
attack.

He was appointed as one-man panel in November
2005 to enquire into alleged Indian links in the oil-for-food programme.

On August 3 last year, he submitted his 90-page
report which indicted suspended Congress leader and former
External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh.

Justice Pathak joined the tribune trust as its member in
1994 and became its president in 2002.

Son of Gopal Swarup Pathak, former vice-president of
India, he was also a former judge of the International Court
of Justice at Hague.

Pathak was also the president of the Tribune Trust.

The eminent jurist breathed his last at the MAX Hospital at the age of 82 where he was admitted following a heart attack.

His body was cremated this morning, family members said.

Condoling his death, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
described him as "a man of great learning and wisdom".

He was also a man of "unimpeachable integrity", he said.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda described
Justice Pathak as a distinguished legal luminary who held
important posts both at home and abroad.

Bureau Report

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