Ram Jethmalani Announces Retirement, Will Now 'Combat Corrupt Politicians'

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| September 10 , 2017 , 16:03 IST

Renowned jurist and advocate Ram Jethmalani, 94, announced his retirement after a nearly 70-year long career as a lawyer, maintaining that he would still work for the improvement of India and to combat corrupt politicians.

Addressing an event organised by the apex bar body, the Bar Council of India to felicitate the new Chief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra, Jethmalani said, "The country is not in a good shape. The previous and the current governments, both have let down the nation very badly.

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"It is the duty of the members of the bar and all good citizens to rise to this great calamity," he said, adding that they should do their best to make sure those in positions of power do not abuse their powers and those who do, are shown the exit door as soon as possible.

"I am here just to tell you I am retiring from the profession but I am taking on a new role as long as I am alive. I wish to combat the corrupt politicians that have been brought into the position of power and I hope the condition of India will take good shape," Jethmalani said.

During Jethmalani's long career, he has served as India's Union Law Minister, the chairman of the Bar Council of India, the president of Supreme Court Bar Association and as a member of Rajya Sabha, apart from fighting many high-profile legal cases. With a specialty in criminal law, Jethmalani has been the highest-paid Indian lawyer.