Renowned advocate Nilay Dutta passed away due to a cardiac arrest on Sunday at Coorg in Karnataka. He was 71.
Dutta, one of the legal luminaries of Assam was the advocate general of Arunachal Pradesh and also the Chairman of the Northeast Bar Association.
He was a member of the Assam Law Commission, adviser to All Assam Lawyers' Association, and cricket umpire, referee and administrator.
The Advocate General was on vacation in Coorg with his wife, daughter Abantee, and friend Justice BP Katakey to celebrate his 46th wedding anniversary.
Dutta complained of chest pain and uneasiness, after which he was brought to the hospital at 2:30 am and declared dead.
Many across diverse fields, condoled his death. Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, senior advocates and many others have expressed their condolences at the death of the legal luminary.
“Deeply anguished by the sad news of passing away of Advocate General of Arunachal Shri Nilayananda Dutta Ji. In his passing away, we have lost a legendary legal luminary of the North East. My sincere condolences to his family and prayers for his soul to attain highest abode,” Khandu tweeted.
Sarma said that Assam has lost one of the brightest lawyers in his condolence message. He tweeted, “Assam has lost one of the brightest lawyers, Nilay Dutta, who also had significantly contributed in many other fields including sports administration. His demise has created a huge void difficult to be filled up. Offer my deepest condolences to his family and well-wishers.”
The Advocate General of Assam, Devajit Saikia also took to Facebook to express his deep condolence at the demise of Dutta and wrote, “Extremely shocking and sad news...one of the best legal luminary of present era, Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh, Senior Advocate, Former President, Assam Cricket Association, and International Cricket Umpire Nilayananda Dutta, fondly "Nilayda" to us, has suddenly left us at around 2 AM today at Coorg, after celebrating his wedding anniversary last night.”
He further added, “..we have lost a leading light in the field of law & sports ...my Salute to the Rockstar & Mentor from whom learnt the basics as well as finer nuances of practice in law... dramatic departure of a charismatic personality has put us in deep shock & in tears...May the noble soul rest in eternal peace...Goodbye Nilayda”
Due to Covid protocol, Dutta’s body won’t be taken to Guwahati and would be cremated at Bangalore, as per reports.