The last rites will be performed at Panj Peeran Kabristan, Nizamuddin today between 1.30 and 2 pm.
Justice Eqbal started his legal practice in the year 1975 in Ranchi.
He was elevated to the bench in May 1996, as a judge of the Patna High Court. Later, with the formation of the new state of Jharkhand in 2000, he became a judge of the Jharkhand High Court.
In 2003, he was nominated by then Chief Justice of India VN Khare as one of the members of Ravi and Beas Water Tribunal to deal with water disputes among Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. In his home state, he held the post of Chairman, Jharkhand Human Rights Commission, Executive Chairman of Jharkhand State Legal Services Authority and Judge-in-charge of the state’s Judicial Academy.
He was appointed Chief Justice of the Madras High Court in June 2010.
He was elevated to the Supreme Court on December 24, 2012 and served at the Supreme Court for close to 4 years before retiring from office on February 12, 2016.