Former attorney general GE Vahanvati passes away

Written by PTI | Mumbai | Updated: Sep 3 2014, 06:15am hrs
Former Attorney General of India GE Vahanvati, the first Muslim to become the top law officer of the country, died here today following a heart attack aged 65.

Goolam Essaji Vahanvati is survived by his wife and son, Maharashtra's advocate general Darius Khambata said. He was appointed the 13th Attorney General in June 2009 for a three-year term after UPA was relected.

In 2012, the term was extended by another two years.

He resigned on May 27 this year after the BJP-led government headed by Narendra Modi assumed power.

Prior to his appointment as the top law officer, Vahanvati had served as the Solicitor General of India between June 20, 2004 and June 7, 2009. He was earlier the Advocate General of Maharashtra.

Born on May 7, 1949, Vahanvati obtained a law degree from Government Law College in Mumbai after graduating from St. Xavier's College.

Vahanvati was suffering from a lung infection for some time and was admitted to a city hospital.