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Senior lawyer dead

Senior advocate of Jharkhand High Court and social worker Debi Prasad breathed his last in Ranchi on Wednesday.

Prasad was undergoing treatment at a city hospital for prolonged fever and weakness. He was 94.

All judges, including Chief Justice R. Banumathi, paid their last respects to the veteran lawyer at his Tharpakhna home. He was cremated at Muktidham.

Born to a Lohardaga family on February 12, 1919, Prasad obtained his degree in law from Patna University. The nonagenarian was the senior-most advocate practising in the state. Prasad also taught at Chotanagpur Law College as a part-time lecturer.

Remembering his father as a hardworking person, Prasad’s eldest son Amareshwar Sahay — a former Jharkhand High Court judge who now holds the office of the Ombudsman — said, “My father was an academic and devoted all his time to books and files.”

Prasad’s colleagues remember him for his infectious smile. “Debi babu was an institution by himself,” said Jharkhand High Court Advocates’ Association president Mahesh Tiwary.

Apart from his love for the law, Prasad had a different side that came to light when he formed the Ranchi Nagrik Samiti. The NGO ensures cleanliness and provides civic amenities.