President, Bombay Bar Association

Mr PR Ashar who was a familiar face in the Association and would be sorely missed. On behalf of the Association, Mr Sanghavi extended his condolences to the members of his bereaved family.


Mr Dada said that Pratap Ashar was a humble and friendly man, always genuinely concerned about his colleagues and fellow beings, and ever ready to lend a helping hand. He was a familiar face in the library and in the Bar Association and his presence was keenly missed. He joined Mr Sanghavi in extending condolences to the members of the bereaved family.


Mr Thakore said that Mr Ashar would have been 70 on July 21, 2001. A few days before his birthday, he developed a lung congestion that took a turn for the worse and ultimately claimed his life. Just the previous day before his illness he was very much in Court. Born in 1931 in Bombay, he studied in St Xavier’s school and college and graduated with a law degree from the Government Law College in 1958. He worked for some time with the Scindia company and then joined the profession in 1962 in the firm of Thakordas & Co. He started an independent counsel practice in 1975. He was a superb draftsman who appeared in many important matters including, notably, the 1978 case about the shifting of theAPMC markets. He was a gentle and unassuming soul. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


Mr Sanghavi then proposed the following resolution, which was duly seconded and passed unanimously.

“This House mourns the sad and sudden demise of Shri PR Ashar and expresses its deepest condolences to the members of his bereaved family. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”

The House observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the deceased.