New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Justice (retired) Ajay Kumar Tripathi, Lokpal judicial member and former Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court, passed away at age of 62 on Saturday due to the dreadful coronavirus, reported news agency ANI.  

As per media reports, the former Chhattisgarh High Court Chief Justice was admitted in Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on April 2. He was at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the trauma care centre in AIIMS.

He had tested positive for the novel coronavirus last month, following which he was admitted in AIIMS. Later, he was put on a ventilator but his situation was "critical but stable".

He was later shifted to the trauma centre, that provides treatment mostly to victims of road accidents but has been recently converted into a dedicated COVID-19 hospital.

"He was very sick. He was in the ICU and on ventilator for last three days," news agency PTI quoted official sources as saying. 

Reprotedly, Justice Tripathi's daughter and cook had also tested for the dreadful infection. However, they have recovered from the novel virus.

Justice Tripathi was one of the four judicial members of the anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal. He was appointed as the Judicial Member of the Lokpal on March 23 last year.

Justice Tripathi also served as the Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court, Additional Advocate General of Bihar and Additional Judge of the Patna High Court.

Born in 1957, Justice Tripathi graduated with an honours degree in Economics from the Sri Ram College of Commerce before obtaining his law degree from Delhi University. He had enrolled for practise at the Patna High Court in 1981. He was made a permanent judge of the court in November 2007.

As per the latest data available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of 1,223 and infected 37,776 in the country so far. 

(With agency inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma