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Shri Ram Jethmalani,

Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India


Mr. Ram Jethmalani is the highest paid lawyer in the country. As a politician he has held various posts such as the Union law minister and Chairman of Bar associations. A maverick lawyer, he is known to take up cases for the high profile people. Currently he is a member of parliament in Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan.

Political Career

He was elected a member of parliament in 6th and 7th Lok Sabha on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket from Mumbai. He has served as Law Minister of India and also as Minister of Urban Development during the Prime Ministership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee against whom he later on contested the general elections in 2004 from Lucknow. However, in 2010 he came back to BJP and was elected to Rajya Sabha on its ticket from Rajasthan.


Legal Career

He has a number of high-profile defence cases to his credit as a lawyer. He has defended following people:-

  • L.K Advani in Hawala Scam;
  • Former IPL Chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi;
  • Defence of Rajiv Gandhi's killers in Madras High Court in year 2011;
  • Defence of Indira Gandhi's killers;
  • Harshad Mehta's defence in stock market scam;
  • Ketan Parekh's defence in stock market scam;
  • Underworld don Haji Mastan;
  • Defended death sentence of Afzal Guru;
  • Amit Shah's (Gujarat's former Minister of State for Home) defence in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case;
  • Amit Jogi's defence (son of Ajit Jogi) in the case of Ramavatar Jaggi murder;
  • Sanjay Chandra bail in Supreme Court in 2G Scam;
  • Kulbhushan Parashar Bail in Navy War Room Leak Case;
  • Kanimozhi's defence in Spectrum 2G case;
  • Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy's special leave petition on stay for CBI probe on money laundering in his companies;
  • Yeddyurappa's case on illegal mining scam;
  • Ramdev's defence on use of force on the followers of Baba Ramdev at Ramlila grounds on 4 June 2011;
  • Shiv Sena's defence in CPI MLA Krishna Desai murder case;
  • Asaram Bapu's defence in Jodhpur sexual assault case;
  • Lalu Prasad Yadav's defence in the Supreme Court of India;
  • Subrata Roy in Sahara-SEBI case;
  • AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa etc.



  • International Jurist Award
  • World Peace Through Law Award
  • In 1977 he received Human Rights Award instituted by World Peace Through Law for his fight against authoritarianism at Philippines.



  • Maverick: Unchanged, Unrepentant, Rupa Publications
  • Biography: Ram Jethmalani : The Authorized Biography by Nalini Gera
  • In April 2007 at the time Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released one of his books titled Conscience of a Maverick.
  • Big Egos, Small Men, Har Anand Publications.
  • Conflict of Laws, 1956
  • Justice Soviet Style