First Woman Judge Of Delhi High Court, Dies At 86, Justice Leila Seth

The first woman judge of Delhi High Court Justice Leila Seth, died at the age of 86 on the night of Friday in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida region. Justice Leila Seth is survived by her husband, two sons and a daughter.

Today, a family member of Justice Leila Seth told to the news agency IANS that, "Justice Leila Seth passed away on Friday night around 10.30 pm after suffering a cardio-respiratory attack."

Justice Leila Seth son’s Shantum told to the PTI that, "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."

Justice Leila Seth was born in Lucknow in the year 1930, Justice Leila Seth had many accomplishments to her name. Justice Leila Seth became the first woman to the top London Bar examination in the 1958. Next year Justice Leila Seth was graduated as an officer of the Indian Administrative Services.

Not only did Justice Leila Seth become the first female judge of the Delhi High Court, but Justice Leila Seth also became the first woman Chief Justice of a state High Court in 1991. Justice Leila Seth retired as Chief Justice of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh in 1992.

Justice Leila Seth also a member of various enquiry commissions, including those responsible for studying the effects of the popular television show 'Shaktiman' on children, as well as a one-member commission to investigate the death of businessman Rajan Pillai in 1995.

From 1997 to 2000 Justice Leila Seth was an active member of the Law Commission of India. The amendments to the Hindu Succession Act, which gave equal property rights to daughters, was introduced during the same time.

Justice Leila Seth was also a part of committee, with former Chief Justice JS Verma, which suggested amendments to laws concerning rape and sexual crimes following the Nirbhaya gangrape incident.

Ms Seth is also the mother of bestselling author Vikram Seth.

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