CHENNAI: N.T. Vanamamalai, senior advocate in the Madras High Court, died here on Sunday afternoon after a brief illness. He was 83. He is survived by his wife and daughter. Born in Kolkata in September 1922, Mr. Vanamamalai was a native of Nanguneri in Tiruneveli district. He was the only son of an industrialist N.T. Chari. He graduated in law from the Madras Law College. In 1943, he joined the Communist Party of India.
Mr. Vanamamalai, who was junior to Mohan Kumaramangalam, appeared in a number of important cases including Sikh Riots Case and conspiracy cases filed in Ramanathapuram and Tirunelveli against the Communists.
In the late 1960s, he appeared for the veteran actor M.R. Radha in the case involving the attempt on the life of M.G. Ramachandran.
Condoling his death, D. Pandian, CPI state secretary, recalled that as a young lawyer, Mr Vanamamalai had secured the release of Vikramasingapuram textile mill workers who were booked in a murder case. He had argued for the party in a number of cases. His life was characterised by integrity and sacrifices.
N. Varadarajan, State CPI (Marxist) secretary, said Mr Vanamamalai's death was a big loss to the communist movement.