Heavy hearts within judiciary and legal fraternity

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram’s passing was a great loss to the judiciary and legal fraternity, says Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.

“On behalf of the judiciary and all its staff, I express condolences to the family of the late Sri Ram, former Federal Court judge.

“Sri Ram had contributed much to the Judiciary during his tenure as a judge in the Court of Appeal and Federal Court.

“He was a judge in Court of Appeal for 15 years since it was first set up in 1994, until he was elevated to the Federal Court in 2009.

“His loss would be felt by the nation, especially those in the Judiciary,” stated the statement from the Chief Registrar Office in Putrajaya.

Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun said Sri Ram was always one willing to impart knowledge.

“We have indeed lost a great legal mind and senior practitoner. I have known him personally since 1980 when I was a Senior Assistant Registrar.

“I found him to be very courteous, humble and always willing to share his immense legal knowledge.

“I express my deepest condolences to the family at this difficult time,” said Idrus.

Former Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif said Sri Ram’s passing was a great loss.

“My condolences to the family of the late Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram. As a judge he had written numerous illuminating and authoritative judgments in diverse critical areas of the law. May he rest in peace,” he said.

Federal Court judge Datuk Mary Lim described Sri Ram as a huge persona in every respect.

“One cannot be indifferent about him, he pushes you to be better, to care, to take a stand and make a difference.

“He couldn’t stand fools, laziness or inefficiency. Some describe him as a bully, but he always had good intent. If he could do it all himself, he would. Full circle with him, counsel, judge, counsel. With him, no dallying, evading, just the essentials.

“I thank him for his generous contributions to law.

“Heartfelt condolences to Datin Seri Chandra, Vinayak, Govind and may Ram’s soul rest in peace,” said Lim.

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