'Lost a valued colleague, good friend': CJI condoles death of Justice Shantanagoudar

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New Delhi, Apr 25 (PTI) Chief Justice N V Ramana Sunday condoled the passing away of Supreme Court judge Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar, terming him a 'valued colleague and a good friend'.

'I was hoping for his speedy and complete recovery and his return to the Bench at the earliest. The news of his passing has come as a rude shock. I have not only lost a valued colleague but a good friend,' the newly-appointed CJI said in a statement.

Remembering his association with the late judge, the CJI said they shared a bench for close to a year 'which brought us closer'.

'I will dearly miss our conversations, his warmth, wit and humour. My heart goes out to his family and friends. May his soul rest in peace,' the CJI said.

'In the last four years of my association with him in the Supreme Court, I have benefitted immensely from his amazing legal acumen,' he said.

Justice Ramana also spoke to the son of Justice Shantanagoudar and offered condolences to the bereaved family on his own behalf and on the behalf of colleague judges of the top court.

Justice Shantanagoudar, 62, died at a private hospital in Gurgaon on late Saturday night.

His mortal remains will be taken to his Rajaji Nagar residence in Bengaluru for the last rites.

Justice Shantanagoudar was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court on February 17, 2017. He would have remained in office till May 5, 2023. PTI SJK TIR TIR