Tributes to a towering leader and legal luminary

Shivani Bhardwaj

I am deeply saddened by the untimely demise of the stalwart leader, former Union Minister and brilliant lawyer Arun Jaitley Sir.

I consider myself fortunate that immediately after passing out from the National Law Institute (NLIU), Bhopal, I had got the opportunity to work under him and learn the nuances of the legal profession directly from the luminary that Mr Jaitley was. He helped me in understanding how to build the arguments and win a case on the basis of logic, reasoning and law points. I have been there during his endless conferences with clients and representing councils – conferences that didn’t conclude till all points were discussed threadbare in each and every case – and this only shows how thorough he was with the cases he took and the clients he represented.

I worked under him in the year 2005 and dealt with matters listed both in the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court.

I pray for peace to the departed soul and strength to his family, friends and followers to bear the irreparable loss.

After working with Arun Jaitley, Shivani Bhardwaj became a corporate lawyer with Isolax Corsan. Now she is a Legal Consultant based in Mumbai. Her forte and area of specialisation is the Energy Sector. She writes regularly on legal matters and can be contacted at

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