Top legal luminary and former Supreme Court chief justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia passed away late on Monday, a family member said.
He was 68 and is survived by his wife Shahnaz, a son and a daughter.
The funeral will be held as per Parsi traditions at the Doongerwadi Tower of Silence later on Tuesday afternoon.
Kapadia, who rose from the ranks to become the 38th chief justice of India, served between May 2010 and September 2012. He was earlier the chief justice of the Uttarakhand High Court.
A graduate of Mumbai’s Government Law College, Kapadia had humble beginnings as a clerk in a prominent law firm and enrolled as a lawyer only in 1974.
After a successful legal career, he was elevated to the Bombay High Court in October 1991. Over the years, he became renowned for his forthrightness and no-nonsense approach to issues.