Freedom fighter and former Charity Commissioner A T Purohit passed away here on Monday,following a cardiac arrest. He was 91,his family said on Tuesday. He is survived by six daughters and a son.
During the Quit India Movement,he was jailed in Visapur (Maharashtra) for organising tribal protests. Purohit was instrumental in revival of Gujarat Club and remained at the helm unchallenged as its secretary from 1984 to 2007. During this period,he was instrumental in increasing the Club membership considerably. Purohit who also ran legal practice for some time was known for his upright stand on moral issues and was known for fighting court cases for religious places and trusts without charging any fees. He started his career in 1945 as a civil judge and went to become district judge and charity commissioner besides being made a joint secretary in the state legal department. Purohit also contributed columns in the Gujarat Law Reporter,a monthly legal journal that publishes High Court and Supreme court rulings.
After the India-Pakistan war,the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had felicitated him at Bhuj for his outstanding work.