Senior Advocate and “gentleman lawyer”, Vinod Bobde passes away

Senior Advocate Vinod Arvind Bobde passed away yesterday at Nagpur. He was 65. Bobde was suffering from cancer and had retired from active practice two years back.

Bobde belonged to a family of lawyers and was a third generation lawyer. Born on June 26, 1950, Bobde shifted to Delhi in 1979-80 and joined the chambers of Senior Advocate GL Sanghi.

He was designated a Senior Advocate at the young age of 36 by the Supreme Court during the tenure of Chief Justice PN Bhagwati.

Senior Advocate Raju Ramachandran, who was close to Bobde, reminisced about Bobde as a lawyer known for his fairness.

“He was a gentlemen who was subtle in his approach and known for his fairness. He was a very sharp lawyer and an expert in water dispute cases. He was also a gifted artist who drew many sketches. He had a passion for drawing aeroplanes.”

Vinod Bobde tribute
From the book ‘Inter-State River Disputes Act’

Raju Ramachandran also revealed an interesting fact – the first issue of Supreme Court bar Association journal was replete with Bobde’s sketches of Senior lawyers like HM Seervai and Nani Palkhivala.

Senior lawyer KK Lahiri, who had authored the book ‘Inter-State River Water Disputes Act’, had dedicated the book to Bobde. Lahiri, was keen to have the book published and dedicated to Bobde during Bobde’s lifetime. The book was released in March this year.

Supreme Court judge Justice SA Bobde is Vinod Bobde’s brother.