Constitutional law exert and senior advocate P P Rao passes away

P P Rao
P P Rao
Senior advocate and constitutional law expert P P Rao passed away here today  after a cardiac arrest. He was 84.
Mr. Rao had appeared before the Supreme Court in several landmark cases including Kesavananda Bharati, SR Bommai, Unnikrishnan v. State of AP, TMA Pai, PA Inamdar, and the Babri Masjid demolition case.
Born on July 1, 1933, Mr. Rao completed his LL. B. and LL. M from Osmania University in Hyderabad.
He started out in his career by teaching law in Delhi University in 1961. He was enrolled as an ddvocate by the Bar Council of Delhi in 1967 and thereafter started practice in the Supreme Court.
In February 1969, he became an Advocate-on-Record. He was Advocate-on-Record for the State of Andhra Pradesh and a Junior Standing Counsel for the Central Government before he was designated as Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in August 1976.
He was elected President of the Supreme Court Bar Association in 1991. The Government honoured him with the Padma Bhushan, the country's third highest civilian honour, in 2006.
In 2014, then President Pranab Mukherjee had approved Mr. Rao's nomination as a jurist member of the selection committee for the appointment of a Lokpal.
Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu was among those who condoled the passing away of Mr. Rao.
"My personal association with him goes back to the time to my early years in public life as he also hailed from the same district Nellore (United) in the state of Andhra Pradesh. He was considered as one of the foremost constitutional law experts in the country and had completed 50 years of his legal practice in July 2017," he said.


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