Former SC judge Rana Bhagwandas passes away in Karachi

Published: February 23, 2015
Former Supreme Court judge Justice (retired) Rana Bhagwandas. PHOTO COURTESY: PAKISTAN TODAY

Former Supreme Court judge Justice (retired) Rana Bhagwandas. PHOTO COURTESY: PAKISTAN TODAY

KARACHI: Former Supreme Court judge Justice (retired) Rana Bhagwandas died after suffering a cardiac arrest in Karachi on Monday morning , Radio Pakistan reported.

Rana Bhagwandas was born on December 20, 1942 in a Hindu Sindhi Rajput family in Naseerabad, Larkana District (now Qambar Shahdadkot District) in Sindh. He studied law and received a Masters degree in Islamic Studies.

Bhagwandas also worked as the Chairman of Federal Public Service Commission of Pakistan. He headed the interview panel for the selection of the Federal Civil Servants 2009.

The 73-year-old also remained acting chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

In a cabinet meeting that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was presiding over, he appreciated the services of Rana Bhagwandas for rule of law in the country. PM Nawaz said that the former justice was a man of principles who had firm faith in democracy and the rule of law.

The meeting also observed a one minute silence to condole the death.

Former president Asif Ali Zardari expressed profound grief over the death and paid a tribute to the late judge. In a condolence message he said “A jurist of impeccable integrity Baghwandas was a noble soul and an inspiring humanist who radiated hope. Leading by personal example he silently illumined the path and served as a role model for many. At a time when excellence seems receding people like Bhagwandas will be sorely missed.”

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain also expressed sorrow over the demise of the judge. In a statement the MQM chief praised Bhagwandas’ contribution to the judicial system.

Many, including Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto, also condoled the death by taking to Twitter and expressed their sympathies.


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Reader Comments (20)

  • Umair Hasnain
    Feb 23, 2015 - 10:33AM

    He was a man of great statureRecommend

  • Careless Whispers
    Feb 23, 2015 - 10:38AM

    RIP, thank you for your services, End of an Era..Recommend

  • citizen
    Feb 23, 2015 - 10:41AM

    RIP Honest manRecommend

  • Feb 23, 2015 - 10:52AM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon. Ameen
    One never heard of the late justice being involved in any controversy. We require men like him in the judiciary and public services. Nevertheless, we still have his personal reflections and judgments to ponder and learn from. SalamsRecommend

  • Reddy
    Feb 23, 2015 - 11:01AM

    A hindu minority figure rising to the heights of his profession in Pakistan is indeed newsworthy and commendable. It also doesn’t present the correct picture of the present. In Rana’s era maybe there was more tolerance and therefore he could rise to the top. I don’t see that tolerance in the present Pakistani society.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Feb 23, 2015 - 11:21AM

    An honest man from interior Sind in the culture of which honesty is an anomaly
    Salute to him
    RIP SirRecommend

  • Raisani
    Feb 23, 2015 - 11:28AM

    Rana was a symbol of honesty n dignity, may his soul rest in peace. He will be remembered for centuries. Recommend

  • logic
    Feb 23, 2015 - 11:39AM

    With demise of Rana Bhagwandas, overall honesty index of this country fell further…Recommend

  • Feb 23, 2015 - 11:59AM

    He was a person of absolute honesty. Pakistan has lost a rare person.Recommend

  • Careless Whispers
    Feb 23, 2015 - 12:03PM

    People sitting in glass house should not throw stones @ other..Recommend

  • Junaid
    Feb 23, 2015 - 12:52PM

    Mr. Rana Bhagwandas was guilty of supporting a man who was corrupt to the core. Did he not know Mr. Iftikhar Chaudhary character or was he not aware the consequences of supporting a man who will destroy the basic ethics of Justice just to make his son a BILLIONAIRE. I regret to say but Mr. Bhagwandas was not a part of solution.Recommend

  • Abu Noor
    Feb 23, 2015 - 12:59PM

    RIP – Very honest and down to earth man! Recommend

  • Reddy
    Feb 23, 2015 - 2:23PM

    @careless whispers. Figures and statistics don’t lie. Check stock. What was the percentage of Minority population India and Pakistan had in their mix in 1947 and what is it as of today ?
    Minority numbers in Pakistan have gone southward while in India, minorities have flourished like nowhere else in the world. No matter what you want to beleive and no matter what secular parties want to show to the world, like I said , Statistics don’t lie. This is a challenge.Recommend

  • Alladitta
    Feb 23, 2015 - 2:43PM

    There was ONE honest man in Pakistan and he passed away !!Recommend

  • Bahadurkhan
    Feb 23, 2015 - 7:53PM

    He was a one and only one symbol of minority succeeding in Pakistan. The first is justice Cornelius. Rest all were failures among them Danish kaneria (corruption), Anil dal pat cricket failure. At same time pakistan should stop harassing Christians in punjab, and Hindus in Sindh with forced conversions and marriages. Recommend

  • Hallar
    Feb 23, 2015 - 9:50PM

    He was a man of upright characterRecommend

  • MK
    Feb 24, 2015 - 4:35AM


    “Statistics don’t lie. This is a challenge.”

    West Pakistan (Modern day Pakistan) had 2% Hindu population in 1951. Today it is 1.85%. Slight drop in percentage, because of higher birth rate of Muslims. Muslims have higher birth rate in India as well.

    I recommend searching “Hinduism in Pakistan” and read some articles and figures. Recommend

  • Feb 24, 2015 - 3:41PM

    Rana Bhagwan Das was really a great man, as he was a Hindu in religion but he maintain his dignity high without fear and compromise with then General Pervaiz .He believed and a staunch supporter of constitution
    unfortunately a great demise in the judicial history of Pakistan
    may God give there family patience Recommend

  • Ghulam Sarwar Khero
    Feb 26, 2015 - 11:56AM

    A great loss to the country.Hi name was the first choice when nation looked for a man to head any assignment of repute..He contacted me 2 weeks before his dehant asking for some cardiac facility I knew.Recommend

  • Mar 6, 2015 - 7:25PM

    Memorable personality on our life.Recommend

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