Justice (retd) Leila Seth, mother of famous author Vikram Seth and Delhi High Court’s first woman judge passed away on Friday night, reported news agency PTI. The 86-year-old justice who registered her name in the history when she became the first woman to become Chief Justice of a state High Court on 5 August 1991 took her last breath at her home in Noida. Leila’s son Shantum told the news agency PTI that she passed away on Friday night. “She died of cardiac seizure last night, at about 10:28 PM. My brother Vikram, sister and our other family members are here,” her son Shantum Seth told PTI. “About three weeks ago, she had fallen down and fractured her hip. She had undergone a surgery at Apollo Hospital and was discharged a week ago. We called the PCR, the ambulance but it was too late,” he said.
Saddened at the passing of Justice Leila Seth. She was a champion of human rights. My condolences to her family
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee too to Twitter and gave condolences to Leila Seth’s family. “Saddened at the passing of Justice Leila Seth. She was a champion of human rights. My condolences to her family,” she wrote. Seth, who broke many a glass ceiling in the legal field, was the first woman to have topped the London Bar exam, first woman judge of the Delhi High Court and also the first woman chief justice of a state high court (Himachal Pradesh).
Seth was also a part of the Justice Verma Committee which was formed in 2012 to recommend amendments to the Criminal Law so as to provide for quicker trial and enhanced punishment for criminals accused of committing sexual assault against women, post the gruesome December 16 gangrape in Delhi.