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Former Justice Chandrashekhar Shankar Dharmadhikari is no more. A noted Gandhian and a freedom-fighter-cum-social activist, he breathed his last at a private hospital in Nagpur on Thursday. He was 91.
Born in Raipur, Chhattisgarh on November 20, 1927, Justice Dharmadhikari received many awards, including the prestigious Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards.
Justice Dharmadhikari, delivered a landmark verdict during the Emergency on human rights. He is survived by his daughter Aruna Patil and two sons — Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari of Bombay High Court and lawyer Ashutosh.
He became a judge at the Bombay High Court judge in July 1972. Then he served as the Acting Chief Justice in Nagpur before his retirement in November 1989.
In his landmark verdict on human rights, Justice Dharmadhikari stated that the Right to Life, apart from the constitutional rights is a natural and human right. Thus even during the Emergency, a citizen of the country had the right to approach the high court.
After his retirement, he was the Chairman of Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal. Later a committee headed by him in 2014 had recommended a ban on dance bars in hotels/restaurants since they had a ‘corrupting influence.’
Justie Dharmadhikari came from a family of staunch Gandhians who are mostly into the legal profession. He also served as Chairman of Educational Regulatory Authority, on the Maharashtra State Women’s Commission and National Commission for Women. Besides, he had authored several books in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati.