Eminent jurist and first woman judge of the Orissa High Court Justice Amiya Kumari Padhi passed away at her Bhaskosh lane residence here following illness on Monday. She was 79 and is survived by her husband and former DGP Shyam Sundar Padhi, two daughters and a son.
Daughter of late Justice JK Mishra and niece of former Chief Justice and Governor of Odisha Justice Gati Krushna Mishra, she was born in Dhenkanal on September 15, 1933. She completed her matriculation in Sambalpur and graduated from Ravenshaw College in 1953. She went on to pursue law education and enrolled at the Bar in 1964. Justice Padhi was elevated to the judge of the Orissa High Court on April 18, 1988. She retired on September 14, 1995.
However, she continued to lead a very active life till the end. She was the member NSA of the Orissa High Court. She was also a member of the Ethical Committee of the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), Bhubaneswar.? Judges of the High Court, Advocate-General Ajay Mohanty and senior lawyers visited her residence to pay their last respects.