Chandigarh: Justice Naresh Kumar Sanghi, a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana high court, passed away on Monday following a heart attack.
The HC judge was en route to the Tirupati temple along with his family members when the incident took place.
According to The Hindu, Sanghi complained of chest pain during his stay at Sri Padmavati Guest House at around 3.30 pm on Monday and was admitted to Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences in Tirupati.
He died while undergoing treatment.
His body is likely to reach Chandigarh by air from Tirupati by this evening and cremation is expected to be held tomorrow.
The High Court and all the district courts across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh would remain closed today as a mark of respect to Justice Sanghi.
Notably, Justice Sanghi had taken suo motu notice last month of news reports about the alleged rape of around 10 women at Murthal in Sonepat district during Jat reservation agitation in Haryana.
Justice Sanghi was to retire in June 2017.