RJD national president Lalu Prasad on Sunday paid "sincere tributes" to former Union minister and noted jurist Ram Jethmalani, with whom he had shared a personal bond which eventually resulted in a political collaboration.
Jethmalani, who breathed his last on Sunday morning at 96, was a sitting member of the Rajya Sabha from Bihar. Formerly associated with the BJP and a member of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet, he got elected to the Upper House for the sixth time in 2016 on an RJD ticket.
"Saddened by the demise of Shri #RamJethmalani, former Law Minister, @RJDforIndia MP and a stalwart lawyer. He was an institution in himself. His demise is great loss to nation and legal fraternity. Sincere tributes to him and condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace", Prasad, who is in Ranchi serving sentences in fodder scam cases, tweeted.
The former Bihar chief minister's official Twitter account is handled by people close to him.
Notably, Jethmalani was one of Prasad's counsel in the fodder scam case. While still a Rajya Sabha member on a BJP ticket, he had canvassed for the Grand Alliance comprising the RJD, the JD(U) and the Congress.
His gave up his membership of the Rajya Sabha just ahead of the expiry of his fifth term in 2016 and was promptly re-elected to the Upper House with the help of Prasad, whose party had returned with the largest tally in the state assembly the year before.