Bangalore: The former Governor of Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh, V.S. Ramadevi, died here on Wednesday following a massive cardiac arrest. She was 79.
“She had lunch and spoke to some relatives over the phone before she suffered the cardiac arrest,” family sources said. She also served as Chief Election Commissioner. She was Governor of Himachal between July 26, 1997 to December 1, 1999, and thereon, of Karnataka till May 20, 2002.
Mourning Ms. Ramadevi’s death, Vice-President Hamid Ansari said he was deeply saddened on the passing away of… a legal luminary.”
“A lawyer by training, Ramadevi had an outstanding career as a public servant whose expertise in law was universally acknowledged. In a sterling career spanning several decades, she went on to serve, with distinction, as Member-Secretary of the National Law Commission, Department of Legislative Affairs and CEC for a short period,” said Mr. Ansari. “I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. I pray to the Almighty to grant them strength and fortitude to bear this loss.”
The Karnataka government has declared a three-day mourning.