Renowned legal luminary Suresh Shelat, former Advocate General of Gujarat and distinguished senior counsel at Gujarat High Court, breathed his last on Sunday following a brief illness. He was 85.
The last rites were performed at Thaltej Crematorium. Shelat began his law practice in 1967.
He held the office of Advocate General of Gujarat between 2000 and 2006. He resigned from the top post in January 2006. He was the representative in a number of significant cases in the state, including the Best Bakery case of Vadodara, which happened during the 2002 Gujarat riots. He was known among the legal fraternity as an expert in civil and constitutional laws.
Shelat is survived by his wife Purnimaben and daughter Vaibhavi Nanavati, who is a sitting judge of the High Court. His father, Nanoobhai Shelat, was also a judge of the High Court.
A family friend of Shelat said that he had been battling a lung illness and was admitted to a hospital in Ahmedabad for the last few days. He breathed his last at the hospital on Sunday, at around 11 am.