Pune, : Prominent jurist and former Judge of Supreme Court justice P B Sawant has passed away in his residence in Pune on Monday. He was 91.Justice Sawant is a former Chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI).
He was associated with a number of public causes. Justice Sawant and Justice Kolse-Patil had been the co-convenors of the 2017 Elgar Parishad that was held in Shaniwarwada in Pune.In 1973, he was appointed Judge of the Bombay High Court. Amongst his notable acts was an inquiry on the Air-India plane crash in June 1982. He was appointed justice in the Supreme Court in 1989.In 2002, he served with retired Justice Hosbet Suresh on an Indian Individuals’s Tribunal headed by Justice V R Krishna Iyer to analyze the 2002 Gujarat riots.
“Justice Sawant was a great person. He excelled in each subject as a judge, as an activist, as a social worker. The way in which he carried out his public life is an example before us,” stated Justice BG Kolse-Patil, veteran activist, who’s a close friend of Justice Sawant personally.