She became the first woman Chief Justice of a State High Court at Himachal Pradesh.
Justice Leila Seth, first woman judge of the Delhi High Court, passed away on Saturday after a brief illness at her home in Noida,Uttar Pradesh. She was 86.
“She died of the cardiac seizure last night, at about 10:28 PM. My brother Vikram, sister and our other family members were there” her son Shantum Seth stated.
“About three weeks ago, she had fallen down and fractured her hip. She had undergone a surgery at the Apollo Hospital and was discharged a week ago. We called PCR, ambulance but it was too late,” he added.
Justice Seth, who broke many a glass ceiling in legal field, she was first woman to have topped London Bar exam, first woman judge of Delhi High Court and also first woman chief justice of a State High Court (Himachal Pradesh).
Justice Leila Seth was also one of three members of Justice Verma Committee which was constituted in the year 2012 to recommend the amendments to Criminal Law so as to provide for the quicker trial and enhanced punishment for the criminals accused of committing the sexual assault against the women, post gruesome December 16 gangrape in Delhi.
She was herself an author and her autobiography ‘On Balance’ was a bestseller.
Justice Seth had authored ‘Talking of the Justice: People’s Rights in Modern India’, published in the year 2014, which talked of the several critical issues that she had engaged with in her legal career spanning over 50 years.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Vice President Hamid Ansari expressed their condolences to Seth family.