A former Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court, Justice AK Tripathi had been in the intensive care unit (ICU) at AIIMS.
New Delhi: Justice AK Tripathi (retired), Lokpal member, has succumbed to the novel coronavirus infection, sources said. He was 62.
On April 2, Tripathi had been admitted to AIIMS in Delhi. His daughter and cook who were also infected with the highly infectious virus have recovered, sources said.
A former Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court, Justice AK Tripathi had been in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the trauma care centre at AIIMS. After his condition turned critical, he was put on a ventilator. He died at 8:45 pm on Saturday.
Justice AK Tripathi was one of the four judicial members of the anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad condoled Justice Tripathi’s death.
“He was a distinguished judge of Patna High Court and Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh HC,” Prasad said in a tweet. “Sincere condolences to his wife Alka Tripathi and the entire family.”
Tripathi last visited the office on March 20. The Lokpal office building was sanitised after he tested positive for COVID-19.
The total cases in India surged to 39,980 including 10,633 cured/discharged/migrated and 1,301 deaths amid lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.
In the past 24 hours, 83 casualties were recorded, highest so far.
A staggering 2,644 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the last 24 hours.
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