Former Bihar-Jharkhand governor and noted jurist Justice (Retd.) Mandagadde Rama Jois is no more. He passed away at 88 on February 16 after a period of prolonged illness. Several leaders including Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, BJP National President Shri JP Nadda, Home Minister Shri Amit Shah, Union Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman and Karnataka Chief Minister Shri BS Yediyurappa expressed grief over the demise.
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi expressing grief over the demise of Justice (Retd.) M. Rama Jois, said in a tweet “Justice(Retd.) M. Rama Jois was a towering intellectual and jurist. He was admired for his rich intellect and contributions towards making India’s democratic fabric stronger. Saddened by his demise. My thoughts are with his family and admirers in this sad hour. Om Shanti.”
Shri JP Nadda, expressing his condolence said, “The passing away of Justice M Rama Jois is a colossal loss to the society. He served selflessly for the nation and left his deep imprints on Judiciary, Executive & legislative fields. Condolences to his family, friends & supporters. Om Shanti.”
Shri Amit Shah said, “My condolences on the passing away of a noted jurist and former governor of Bihar & Jharkhand, Justice M Rama Jois Ji. He made a lasting contribution to Indian judiciary. His efforts in restoring democracy during the 1975 emergency will always be remembered. Om Shanti.”
Justice Mandagadde Rama Jois (27 July 1931 – 16 February 2021) was an Indian politician and judge who served as a member of Rajya Sabha, as governor of Jharkhand and Bihar states, and as Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He was also a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India.
Shri Rama Jois was born to Narasimha Jois and Lakshmidevamma on 27 July 1931 at Araga village, Shivamogga, Karnataka. He studied in Shivamogga and Bengaluru and acquired B.A., B.L.degrees and Kuvempu University has conferred him with Doctor of Laws honorary degree. He was a noted writer and historian having written several books on Service Law, Habeas Corpus Law, Constitutional Law, etc. His most known two-volume book “Legal and Constitutional History of India”, considered as a previous volume, is a textbook for Law Degree course. His another well known book is “Seeds of Modem Public Law in Ancient Indian Jurisprudence”. His other works include “Historic Legal Battle”, “ Dharma – The Global Ethic” etc. His views on Dharma and Manu Smriti are of immense value, as they have been simplified for the understanding of the common man.