PETALING JAYA: The late Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram had contributed much to the judiciary as a Court of Appeal and Federal Court judge, says Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.
In a statement expressing condolences to the family of renowned senior lawyer Sri Ram, who passed away on Sunday (Jan 29) at age 79, Tengku Maimun said his passing was a great loss to the judiciary and legal fraternity.
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"On behalf of the judiciary and all its staff, I express condolences to the family of the late Sri Ram, former Federal Court judge.
"He was a judge in the Court of Appeal for 15 years since it was set up in 1994, until he was elevated to the Federal Court in 2009.
"His loss will be felt by the nation, especially those in the Judiciary," read the statement, issued by the Office of the Chief Registrar, Federal Court, in Putrajaya.
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Sri Ram had been admitted to the intensive care unit of a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 18 for a lung infection.
At the time of his passing, he was leading the prosecution as senior deputy public prosecutor in the ongoing 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB)-Tanore trial involving former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
He was also still lead prosecutor for the RM1.25bil solar hybrid project corruption case involving Najib's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.