Arunachal Pradesh Advocate General Nilay Dutta died of a massive heart attack in Karnataka’s Coorg on Sunday. He was 68, and is survived by his wife, son and daughter.
“The renowned advocate had gone to Coorg on Wednesday to celebrate his 46th marriage anniversary. He suffered a massive heart attack around 2.30 am on Sunday in the resort where his family was staying and he died before reaching the hospital,” a close friend of Dutta said.
His family said that he will be cremated in Bengaluru during the day as his body cannot be brought back to Assam, from where he hailed, for the next three days due to Covid-19 protocols in Karnataka.
Advocate General Nilay Dutta was among the most prominent and distinguished legal brains of Assam and the Northeast, and had argued several cases in the Supreme Court. He held the post of the Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh since 2016.
An avid sports lover, Dutta was the president of the Assam Cricket Association and did umpiring in several international cricket matches. He was also a member of the High-Level Committee of the Union Home Ministry on the Clause-6 of the Assam Accord that submitted its report in February last year.
His untimely death triggered reactions from across the political spectrum.
“In his passing away, we have lost a legendary legal luminary of the North East. My sincere condolences to his family and prayers for his soul to attain highest abode,” Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted.
Deeply anguished by the sad news of passing away of Advocate General of Arunachal Shri Nilay Dutta Ji.
In his passing away, we have lost a legendary legal luminary of the North East.
My sincere condolences to his family and prayers for his soul to attain highest abode. pic.twitter.com/Yl2HxnxyvT
— Pema Khandu པདྨ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་། (@PemaKhanduBJP) September 19, 2021
Khandu’s Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma said that his state has lost one of the brightest lawyers, who had also contributed to many other fields, including sports administration.
“His demise has created a huge void difficult to be filled up. Offer my deepest condolences to his family and well-wishers,” Sarma tweeted.
Assam has lost one of the brightest lawyers, Nilay Dutta, who also had significantly contributed in many other fields including sports administration.
His demise has created a huge void difficult to be filled up.
Offer my deepest condolences to his family and well-wishers. pic.twitter.com/9MFQ6xQscb
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) September 19, 2021
Arunachal’s Former Chief minister Nabam Tuki has also expressed sadness at the sudden and untimely demise of Dutta.
“It’s a great loss to the entire North East India in the field of Law and Justice. His dedicated legal services rendered to the people of Arunachal Pradesh will be ever remembered. Words are of little consolation at this time of grief and sorrow, my deepest condolences and prayers. May Almighty God give strength to the families and friends to bear the irreparable loss of the noble life. May the departed soul rest in eternal peace,” Tuki said in a condolence message.
Union Minister of Shipping, Ports and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal said in a Twitter post, “A scholar with brilliant legal acumen, his death is a huge loss to the fraternity. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
Saddened to learn about the demise of eminent lawyer of Assam, Nilay Dutta. A scholar with brilliant legal acumen, his death is a huge loss to the fraternity. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/NKuYs3d4S1
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) September 19, 2021
Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju expressed deep sorrow over Dutta’s death.
“A renowned legal luminary of North-East, who had been a guide to many young lawyers & professionals. My heartfelt condolences to his family,” Rijiju said.
I'm deeply saddened by the tragic demise of Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Nilay Dutta Ji. A renowned legal luminary of North-East who had been a guide to many young lawyers & professionals.
My heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace 🙏 pic.twitter.com/YkSzkTMNcc
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) September 19, 2021
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