Justice Naresh Kumar Sanghi (60), sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, died on Monday afternoon after suffering a massive heart attack at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.
As per his family, Justice Sanghi accompanied by his wife, son and daughter-in-law, had reached Tirupati on Sunday to pay obeisance at the Lord Venkateswara Temple. At around 3.30 PM on Monday, he suffered a massive heart attack. He was rushed to a hospital but could not be resuscitated.
Family members informed that the body is likely to reach Chandigarh by air from Tirupati by Tuesday evening and cremation is expected on Wednesday.
Registrar General of the High Court has issued a circular that the High Court and all the district courts across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh would remain closed on Tuesday as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
Known for his simplicity and humble nature, Justice Sanghi was to retire in June next year. Born on June 5, 1955, to a family of lawyers at Narnaul in Haryana, he was elevated as Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on September 30, 2011.
On February 24 this year, Justice Sanghi had taken suo motu notice of news reports about the alleged rape of around 10 women at Murthal in Sonepat district during Jat reservation agitation.
During his college days, he was president of students’ union at University College of Law, Nagpur.
He enrolled as an advocate in 1980 with the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana and started practicing under supervision of his father Hanuman Parshad Sanghi at Narnaul.
He was elected unanimously as president of Municipal Committee, Narnaul, in 1987.
He was felicitated by the Income Tax department with “Samman Patra” for large contribution to the government exchequer.
In 1996, he was appointed as Deputy Advocate General in Haryana and later in 2007 as Additional Advocate General in Punjab and remained in Punjab Advocate General office till he was elevated a High Court judge on September 30. 2011.