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.
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