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Bombay Lawyer Dies During Courtroom Argument

Posted Sep 2, 2008 8:41 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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An 89-year-old lawyer arguing a case in Bombay High Court collapsed in his chair and died.

Vinayak Trivikram Walavalkar died of a heart attack, the Times of India reports. The court recessed until after lunch. Judges and lawyers later paid their respects in the bar room of the Advocates' Association of Western India, where Walavalkar’s body was being kept.

Walavalkar, a political activist and a civil court judge in the 1960s, came from a family of lawyers. He had been imprisoned between 1975 and 1977 when India declared a state of emergency and suspended civil liberties. “His only crime was that he was an active [National Volunteers' Organization] member and office bearer,'' his son Narendra Walavalkar, also a lawyer, told the publication.

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