Mr. Ranjit Lal Sarin (12.6.1952 – 10.4.1990)


Ranjit was exceptionally successful in the corporate world. He worked in a managerial capacity with various companies of repute where he was appointed to important posts. Disillusioned with the world of management, Bitti decided to study law by attending evening classes, and obtained his LL.B. degree from the Delhi University in 1979. He stood first in his class. Immediately, on completing his study of law Ranjit, resigned as Sales Manager of Jain Tubes Ltd. and thus bade good-bye to his eight year stint with the Corporate world.

Mr. R.L. Sarin shifted to Chandigarh and joined as a junior to his father, a successful practicing lawyer, Mr. H.L. Sarin, Senior Advocate. He was enrolled member of the High Court Bar Association, in Chandigarh and later of the Supreme Court Bar Association.

In a very short span of time Ranjit made his mark in the legal profession. He was elected Secretary of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association in 1985. He built a reputation of being a very able counsel in Court and a very industrious lawyer in the office. His clients remember him for the frank, honest and sincere advice that he always rendered. He argued many important cases of social and public importance. To share his legal knowledge with the masses, he started the column “Legally Speaking” in the Indian Express, which became extremely popular in a short period of time.

Ranjit then took to writing books. He was the author or co-author of many Law Boooks, including Rent Restrictions in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh; The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988; Commentary on the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985; All India Prevention of Food Adulteration Digest, 1983-87; Encyclopedia of Petroleum Laws, 1987; Hindu Marriage Act, 1955; Supreme Court on Public Servants & Disciplinary Action, etc.

He was also on the editorial board of many Law Journals, like All India Rent Control Journal, Crimes, Current Civil Cases, Haryana Rent Reporter, Current Law Journal, All Indian Prevention of Food Adulteration Journal, Accident & Compensation Cases, All India Administrative Tribunal Law Times, etc.

Mr. R.L. Sarin was always very concerned about the welfare or well being of others. He was a regular blood donor having donated blood over 30 times. He was a dog lover and a founder member of the Chandigarh Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He was a Past President and a very active member of the St. John’s Old Boys Association.

He was most fair in his dealings with others and always left an indelible impression on anyone he came into contact with.

Mr. Ranjit Lal Sarin’s end came suddenly on April 10, 1990 when he suffered a heart attack in the premises of the Supreme Court of India – the highest portals for the dispensation of justice where he had gone to argue a case. He was 37 years old.

He will be remembered for his uprightness, frankness and his constant concern for the good of others. He was always by the side of a friend in time of need. He was an excellent lawyer, a great friend and a superb human being. He is missed most deeply by his colleagues at the Bar, his friends and his family.

In his memory and in order to continue to extend help to the needy – which he was ever ready to do – the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation has been established.