MUMBAI: Senior advocate Mahesh Jelthmalani was on Monday nominated to the upper house of the Parliament.
Jethmalani, a practitioner of criminal law, often as a defence counsel, is the son of the late ace criminal counsel and former union law minister Ram Jethmalani.
He has been representing Mumbai’s former police commissioner Param Bir Singh and state’s former commissioner (SID) Rashmi Shukla in their recent ongoing court battles against the Maharashtra government.
Advocate Pranav Badheka, Jethmalani’s junior, said he “would certainly be an asset to the Parliament, given his legal expertise, vast experience and erudition.”
The Rajya Sabha has 12 members who are nominated by the President. The rest of them represent various states and union territories.
Jethmalani, who did his BA from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai followed by a tripos in PPE (Politics, Philosophy & Economics) at University of Oxford, turns 65 in August.
He later studied law in London under the aegis of the UK Bar and qualified as a barrister in 1980. He enrolled at the bar on 12th February 1981.
In a 40-year-long career at the bar, his high profile criminal and civil cases include the trial and appeals of former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, A R Antulay and appeals before the high court and Supreme Court of two accused in Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination case.