In a condolence message, State BJP president Basanta Panda and Leader of Opposition in Odisha Assembly Pradipta Kumar Nayak said the country lost an eminent lawyer.
A rebel by nature, he was variously seen as outspoken and a maverick. Controversy was his middle name and he didn’t mince words even against the judiciary.
It’s a personal loss for me. Whatever I have achieved in this profession is because of Mr Ram Jethmalani’s guidance.
Ram Jethmalani passed away on Sunday morning at his residence in Delhi.
Modi said Jethmalani was "witty, courageous and never shied away from boldly expressing himself on any subject".
The superstar lawyer had argued many high profile and controversial cases and was one of India's highest-paid advocates.