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Apr 23, 2013 at 10:25am IST

Justice Verma, architect of new anti-rape law, passes away

New Delhi: Former Chief Justice of India Jagdish Sharan Verma passed away on Monday after multiple organ failure. He headed the three-member committee which suggested amendments to the Criminal Law so that quicker trial and enhanced punishment could be provided to criminals accused of committing sexual assault against women.

Born on January 18, 1933, Verma was the Chief Justice of India from 1997 until his retirement in 1998. He also served as the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court and Rajasthan High Court.

Verma was also a former chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission and the News Broadcasting Standards Authority.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj have condoled the death of Justice Verma. "Sorry to know about the sad demise of Chief Justice JS Verma. My condolences to the bereaved family," tweeted Swaraj.