Justice A R Lakshmanan, former Judge of the Supreme Court, who banned smoking in public places and issued a telephonic order to permit a student to write a university exam, has died following a heart attack.
He was 78 and he died at a hospital in Tiruchirappalli yesterday at 11.30 pm, his family said on Thursday.He is survived by two sons and two daughters.
"He suffered a heart attack at 11 am on Wednesday and he was rushed to a hospital in Karaikudi where he was stabilised and then admitted to a hospital in Tiruchirappalli where he collapsed before a procedure could be done," Lakshmanan's son, AR L Sundaresan, a designated senior advocate, told PTI.
Justice Lakshmanan's body was taken to his native Devakottai in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu and cremated there.
He was the former chairman of the Law Commission of India.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami,DMK president M K Stalin, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram and PMK founder- leader S Ramadoss are among those who condoled the death.