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Veteran Leftist Sadhan Gupta died

Gupta was an eminent barrister and Independent India’s first visually challenged person to be elected as an MP.

Sep 21, 2015 14:02 IST
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Veteran Communist leader MP Sadhan Gupta passed away on 19 September 2015 following age-related illness. He was 98 years old.

Gupta was an eminent barrister and Independent India’s first visually challenged person to be elected as an MP.

Gupta was born on 7 November 1917 in Dhaka, now in Bangladesh.  He rose to fame when he argued the case of the Emperor vs Shibnath Banerjee in pre-independence era.

As an infant, he suffered a smallpox attack that took a toll on his vision. He studied at Calcutta Blind School and ranked among top ten in Matriculation examination. He studied economics from Presidency College and passed LLB from Calcutta University.

Gupta became a CPI member in 1939. In 1969, he was elected to West Bengal Assembly from Kalighat.

In 1986, he was appointed advocate general during the Left Front regime.

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