Senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General Amarendra Sharan died today after a heart attack.
One of his close associates said that Mr Sharan, 69, died in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.
He is survived by wife Madhu Sharan, also an advocate, and two daughters and a son.
Mr Sharan was the Additional Solicitor General in the Supreme Court during the UPA-I regime from 2004 to 2009. He had also served as a special counsel for CBI in the coal block allocation scam cases before the top court.
He was also appointed as an amicus curiae by the apex court which was hearing a petition seeking fresh investigation in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
After doing his LLB from Patna University, Mr Sharan was enrolled as a lawyer in 1975 and started practice in the Patna High Court.
Later, he shifted to Delhi and in 2000, he was designated as a senior advocate.