Shri S. Sampath Kumar, senior advocate and Zilla Sanghachalak of South Chennai, passed away at the age of 80. He is survived by his wife, a son (S. Kannan, an advocate) and two daughters. He was very active till recently and was operated for prostate a couple of months ago. Since then he was hospitalised and the end came on the morning of January 7. He joined the Sangh at a very young age and was regularly taking part in all its activities.
Though deeply religious and traditional by faith, he was equally sociable in his approach and thinking. He was the working president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Tamil Nadu and Dr Hedgewar Smarak Samiti, Chennai. He was also the member of the managing committee of Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, since its inception.
He used to attend the ABPS baithak at Nagpur for many years. His presence was always felt both by his appearance and precise and forceful speech. He had thoroughly studied the legal aspect of Ram Janmabhoomi and was the lawyer for Hindus in this case. His funeral was attended by hundreds of swayamsevaks, friends, relatives and admirers. (VSK, Chennai)