Patna High Court pays tributes to Justice Leila Seth

Patna,(BiharTimes): The Patna High Court on Friday paid glowing tributes to Justice Leila Seth, the first woman to become chief justice of any state high court––Himachal Pradesh. Leila, who had served as the first woman judge of Delhi high court, died in Noida on May 7 night at the age of 86.

She is survived by a daughter and two sons, including author, Vikram Seth. As she had spent 10 years here as a barrister in the initial years of her career in the Patna High Court, the judges recalled her contributions to the legal field.

Chief Justice Rajendra Menon presided over a full court condolence meet that last about 30 minutes in the Chief Justice’s courtroom. All the judges and lawyers gathered to pay tribute to her and recalled her career in the Patna High Court. Representatives of all the lawyer associations read out obituary messages and finally the Chief Justice made his speech.

A two-minute silence was then observed and after that the court was closed for the day. The bereaved family will receive a copy of the proceedings. Seth was the first woman to have topped the London Bar exam.

She was also one of the three members of the Justice Verma Committee which was constituted 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.

Her autobiography ‘On Balance’ was a bestseller. She had also authored ‘Talking of Justice: People’s Rights in Modern India’, published in 2014, which talked of several critical issues that she had engaged with in a legal career spanning over 50 years.


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