Justice Dharmadhikari passes away

Justice Dharmadhikari passes away

Chandrashekar Dharmadhikari.

Eminent Gandhian, jurist and social activist Dr Chandrashekhar Shankar Dharmadhikari -  who during the Emergency days wrote the historic verdict on human rights --passed away in Nagpur on Thursday. He was 91.

He is survived by daughter Aruna Patil, a doctor, Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari, a judge and Ashutosh Dharmadhikari, a lawyer.

He hails from the eminent Dharmadhikari family of central India who are a part of the legal profession.

A recipient of awards including the coveted Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan,  he had been the acting Chief Justice of Bombay High Court. 

He was appointed a judge in 1972 and retired in 1989.

A Gandhian to the core and a man of principles, he was always in khadis and spoke eloquent Hindi.

In his judgement during Emergency, he had held that apart from the Constitutional right, the right to life is a natural and human right and therefore even during Emergency can approach courts. With this, he entertained petitions and released several detained people against whom there was no material.

During 1991-92, he was Chairman of Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal.

In 2014, a committee headed by him recommended to the Maharashtra government a complete ban on bar girls in hotel and restaurants in order to reduce crime against women.

Hailing from the family of Gandhians and mainly into the legal profession, he was also Chairman of Educational Regulatory Authority.

He had written many books in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati.