While health workers all over India are fighting the COVID-19 crisis to keep citizens safe, a touching tale of a lawyer sacrificing his life to save his client has come to the fore. Former Mumbai Magistrate Siddharth Munghate succumbed to coronavirus, which he contracted after he helped one of his clients get treatment at a COVID-19 hospital. Advocate Munghate died at the age of 65 at Mumbai’s Seven Hills Hospital on June 4.
After one of advocate Munghate’s 82-year-old client contracted coronavirus, he was deserted by his family. Advocate Munghate went out of his way to help his client receive appropriate treatment for COVID-19 at a Mumbai hospital. While his client successfully recovered, advocate Munghate got infected and had to be admitted at Seven Hills Hospital in Andheri on May 25. After fighting COVID-19 for 11 days, advocate Munghate succumbed to coronavirus on June 4. He was later cremated at Vile Parle Crematorium in Mumbai.
Advocate Munghate, a native of Nagpur’s Gopal Nagar, completed his schooling and LLB from Nagpur. He was initially inducted in judicial service as JMFC and went on to become a Metropolitan Magistrate at Mumbai. After voluntary retirement, advocate Munghate was a practising lawyer at Bombay High Court for about two decades. His area of expertise was in criminal, civil and service matters.
Advocate Munghate, popularly known as Shrikant, was well-known in the legal fraternity as a simple, soft spoken, jovial and kind-hearted person. He was known for helping people in need.