Lokpal member and former Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court, Justice AK Tripathi on Saturday died of COVID19 in Delhi.

Justice Tripathi was battling for life for a month after being infected by the deadly virus.

He was 63 at the time of his death.

According to a media report, he breathed his last at 8:30 pm at the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.

He was admitted to the AIIMS on April 2.

He was the first person to be shifted to the trauma centre in the campus after it was turned into a special COVID19 medical centre.

Justice Tripathi’s daughter and cook were also infected by COVID19. However, they have recovered, said the report.

As his condition worsened, Justice Tripathi was put on ventilator support for the last fortnight.

Justice Tripathi was appointed as one of the four judicial members in the Lokpal on March 23 last year.

Justice Tripathi started his career as a lawyer in 1981 in the Patna High Court.

He was appointed as an Additional Judge in the Patna High Court in October 2006.

Justice Tripathi also served as Additional Advocate General of the Bihar government.

He was elevated to the position of a permanent judge in July 2018.

Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has condoled the demise of Justice Tripathi.

“He was a distinguished judge of Patna High Court and Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh HC. We had practised together in Patna HC too,” Union minister Prasad said in a tweet.

“Sincere condolences to his wife Alka Tripathi and the entire family,” Prasad said.

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