Arun Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, had been an important part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet in the BJP government’s first term. He held the finance and defense portfolios.
He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness.and was treated by a multi-disciplinary team of senior doctors.
He was kept under observation at the Cardio-Neuro-Centre of the hospital, however, his condition kept on deteriorating.
Hospital sources had earlier said he was on life support.
Announcing Arun Jaitley’s demise, AIIMS issued a statement saying, “The AIIMS said, it is profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Arun Jaitley, former Finance Minister of Government of India, at 12.07 pm on August 24.
“No words can describe the loss of Shri Arun Jaitly. A mentor to many of us, a guide and a moral support and strength. Have learnt so much from him. A fine large-hearted person. Always ready to help anyone/everyone. His intelligence, sagacity, astuteness have no match” Nirmala Sitharaman.