First woman judge of HC passes away

Cuttack: The first woman judge of High Court Justice (Retd) Amiya Kumari Padhi passed away at her residence at Bhasakosh Lane here today, family sources said. Wife of former director general of police (DGP) S S Padhi, Amiya Kumari was ailing for past several months. She was 79 and is survived by two daughters and son Souryakanta Padhi, a senior advocate of the State High Court.

The Chief Justice of the State V Gopala Gowda and several judges of the High Court visited her house to pay their last respects to the departed soul. Many lawyers, including State advocate general Ashok Kumar Mohanty also paid their respects to the former judge of the HC who presided over the benches between April 1988 and September 1995. Her mortal remains were consigned to flames at Satichoura crematorium here in the evening.