Former Attorney General of India Goolam Essaji Vahanvati died at a private hospital here today after suffering a heart attack.
He was 65. He is survived by his wife and son.
Mr Vahanvati was appointed as the 13th Attorney General, the country's top law officer, on June 8, 2009 soon after the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) returned to power for a second term in May that year.
The appointment was for a period of three years, but he was given a two-year extension later. He had resigned after the Narendra Modi government assumed office on May 26 this year.
He was the Solicitor General from June 2004 during the first term of the UPA government.
Prior to that, he had served from December, 1999 for about four and a half years as the Advocate General of Maharashtra. He had represented the State of Maharashtra in the Public Interest Litigation filed in relation to the Telgi fake stamp paper scam.
According to sources, Mr Vahanvati was suffering from a lung infection for some time and had been admitted to a city hospital, where he breathed his last today.
"Sad to hear of the passing away of Former Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati . Deepest condolences to his family," Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
He was an alumnus of the St. Xavier's College and the Government Law College in Mumbai.