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Ram Jethmalani

Ram Jethmalani


Ram Jethmalani is a prolific Indian lawyer who served as a Union Minister in Vajpayee's administration. He started practicing law at the age of 17 since he graduated law school at a young age having displayed tremendous intellect prowess in his academics. The legal practicing age of 21 was pushed back by the courts to proffer him the opportunity to start advocating when he contested the former rule. Soon after his graduation, he opened his firm in Karachi before partition, however, when the riots broke out he fled to India and started all over again. Over time he established himself a force to be reckoned with in the legal world winning one high profile case after another, prominent among them were the case he fought as a refugee, which the law allowed to be treated on par with criminals. Jethmalani filed a case in the Bombay high court, asking the law to be declared unconstitutional and won it. He was also one of the lawyers who represented Harshad Mehta during the Harshad Mehta scam and the Narasimha Rao bribery case in 1993-1998. He was elected the president of Supreme Court bar association in 2010. He retired from law in 2017. He was first elected to parliament in 1977. He retained the seat for two terms and was subsequently elected in Rajya Sabha in 1988. He has served six terms in Rajya Sabha.

Personal Life

Full Name Ram Jethmalani
Date of Birth 14 Sep 1923 (Age 95)
Place of Birth Sindh (Pakistan)
Party name Bharatiya Janta Party
Profession Senior Advocate,Supreme Court of India
Father's Name Late Shri Bulchand Gurmukh Dass
Mother's Name Shrimati Parbati Jethmalani
Spouse's Name Shrimati Ratna R.
Spouse's Profession Lawyer
No of Sons 2
No of Daughters 2


Permanent address House No.- 41, 12, Advant General Jagannath Bhonsale Marg, Mumbai, Vill- Mumbai Shar, Dist.- Mumbai Shar.400021
Present address 2, Akbar Road, New Delhi
Contact number {022}22024403, 22024990, 23795095, 23794651, 23792287
Email jetmlni@sansad.nic.in

Interesting Facts

Jethmalani contested and won the 1977 Lok Sabha elections from Canada, where he was living under self-imposed exile, following an issue of an arrest warrant against him during the emergency where he vociferously condemned the Indira Gandi government.

Political Timeline

  • 2019
    Member, National Council for Senior Citizens.
  • 2016
    He was elected to Rajya Sabha for the sixth term from Bihar.
  • 2006
    He was nominated to Rajya Sabha for a fourth term.
  • 2006
    Member, Joint Committee to examine the Constitutional and Legal position relating to the Office of Profit.
  • 2006
    Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of External Affairs and subsequently elected to Rajya Sabha for a fifth term.
  • 2004
    Member, Committee on Home Affairs.
  • 2000
    He was re-elected to Rajya Sabha for a third term.
  • 1998
    He was appointed as Union Minister of Urban Affairs and Employment.
  • 1996
    He was appointed as Union Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs.
  • 1994
    He was re-elected to Rajya Sabha for a second term.
  • 1988
    He was elected to Rajya Sabha.
  • 1980
    Elected as a Member, Seventh Lok Sabha for a second term where he defeated Ramrao Adik by a margin of 90,000 votes. He lost the bid to the seat in the following elections.
  • 1977
    He was elected to Sixth Lok Sabha from Bombay North West where he defeated Gokhale Hari Ramchandra of INC.

Early Life

  • 1940
    He started practicing law.
Net WorthN/A

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