Ex-Union minister P Shivshankar dead

27 Feb 2017

Former Union minister P Shivshankar, an influential Congress leader during the governments of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, passed away here today. He was 90.
Shivshankar died this morning due to old age-related health issues, his son Vinay Kumar told news agency PTI. Shivshankar served as a judge in the then Andhra Pradesh High Court, but resigned from his job and practised law in the High Court and Supreme Court, he said. He successfully handled cases, especially those related to the Emergency, on the request of Indira Gandhi and won as an MP from Secunderabad in 1978 and 1980. He served as Union law minister in 1980 and also as minister for energy (petroleum).