New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice-President M. Hamid Ansari on Saturday condoled the passing away of Justice Leila Seth.
“Saddened by the passing away of Justice Leila Seth. Her remarkable contribution to the legal field will be remembered. My condolences,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
The Vice President, in his message said that Justice Seth blazed a trail for women in the legal field and that she will be long remembered for her commitment to protecting human rights in India.
Seth, first woman judge of the Delhi High Court passed away at her Noida residence on Saturday.
Seth had also become the first woman to top the London bar exam in 1958.
She practised law in Patna High Court for about ten years and handled a number of tax matters, civil and criminal cases, matrimonial suits and writ petitions.
She was appointed as the Delhi High Court judge in 1978 and was made the chief justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court in 1991.