Valley News Desk

Former Maharashtra State Election Commissioner Neela Satyanarayan died of COVID-19 at a hospital in Mumbai on Thursday morning, hospital authorities said. She was 72.

The 1972-batch IAS officer was the state’s first woman election commissioner.

She died at Seven Hills Hospital in suburban Andheri around 4 am, the medical facility’s dean Dr Balkrishna Adsul said.

Her husband and son are also undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at the hospital, he said.

The Seven Hills Hospital is a dedicated facility for coronavirus treatment.

Satyanarayan retired as additional chief secretary of the state’s revenue department in 2009.

After retirement, she served as the State Election Commissioner between 2009 and 2014.

She authored several books and was also a singer.

While serving as a bureaucrat, she had raised her voice against women IAS officers not being given important postings in the state secretariat.

Later, she was posted

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