New Delhi: Senior Advocate P P Rao, a constitutional law expert, died here on Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest, a family member said. Rao, who was 84, breathed his last at a private hospital in south Delhi, his daughter-in-law and senior advocate Mahalakshmi Pavani said. "He had a massive heart attack when we were near Moolchand flyover.
We immediately took him to the hospital where he passed away," she said. An LL.B. and LL.M. from Osmania University, Hyderabad, Rao started his career teaching law in Delhi University in 1961.
Rao had appeared in several landmark cases, including Babri Masjid demolition case and had opposed capitation fees in educational institutions.
Remembering him as a "legal giant" Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Secretary and advocate Gaurav Bhatia said, "he was a respected man and a legal giant. He was a former President of SCBA. His demise is a huge loss to the legal profession."
Rao, a Padma Bhushan awardee, was selected as jurist member of the selection committee of the Lokpal in 2014 after President of India's approval.