Leila Seth, the first woman judge of the Delhi high court, died of a cardiac arrest at her home in Noida on Friday night, her family and doctors have said. She was 86.
She was admitted to Apollo Hospitals in Delhi eight months ago with a brain haemorrhage but was discharged and walked back home, doctors said.
“She was admitted again a couple of weeks ago with a femur fracture but was treated and discharged,” said Pushpendra Renjen, senior neurologist at Apollo Hospital in Delhi.
Renjen said he was informed of her death by her son Shantum.
Leila Seth was considered a pioneering legal mind who was appointed the first woman judge of the Delhi HC in 1978.
She became the first woman chief justice of a high court when she was elevated as the chief justice of the Himachal Pradesh high court.
She was also a part of the Justice JS Verma committee that was set up to re-look at rape laws in India after the December 16, 2012 gang rape in Delhi.
Leila Seth is the mother of novelist Vikram Seth.