Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari of Bombay HC Resigns

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The second senior-most judge of the Bombay High Court Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari has resigned from his post. The news came as a surprise to everyone as Justice Dharmadhikari himself broke the news in an open court to Advocate Mathews Nedumpara who was appearing before him.

Advocate Mathews Nedumpara told The Hindu that when he was mentioning a matter before Justice Dharmadhikari in the morning, the latter said, “I cannot grant you any relief as today is my last day”. Mr Nedumpara asked, “Is your lordship being elevated?” Justice Dharmadhikari then said, “I am demitting my office”.

He said that his reason for resignation is purely personal. He did not want to leave Bombay as he was elevated as the Chief Justice of a different High Court in another state. “My hope is that the Bombay High Court remains the same. It stands for persons who have suffered injustice. It should continue to serve their cause. Hope this institution does not bend before the mighty state, the biggest litigant before it.” said Justice Dharmadhikari

Who Is Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari?

Justice Satyaranjan C. Dharmadhikari born on 26-1-1960 in the family of lawyers. He completed his B. Com. and LLB from Bombay University.  He was enrolled as an Advocate on 28-6-1983. He litigated almost all types of Civil and Constitutional cases including Service matters and Election petitions. Represented leading Banks, Financial Institutions, Corporate Houses and Multinational Firms as well. In his Personal Life, he is keenly interested in Table Tennis, Cricket, Reading and Writing. He was elevated as Additional Judge, Bombay High Court on 14-11-2003.

Justice Dharmadhikari would have been the acting Chief Justice after current Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog retires on February 24, 2020.