Retired justice Chandrashekhar Shankar Dharmadhikari passed away

Highlights:

  • Retired justice Chandrashekhar Shankar Dharmadhikari passed away on 3 January 2019 at the age of 91.
  • He was renowned for Verdict on Human Rights during Emergency landmark verdict.
  • In his landmark ruling during the Emergency, Justice Dharmadhikari had held that apart from constitutional rights, the Right to Life is natural and a human right, and therefore, even during the Emergency, a citizen could approach the high court. 
  • Accordingly, he entertained petitions and ordered the release of those against whom there was no evidence material.
  • Dharmadhikari passed away at a private hospital in Mumbai on 3 January 2019. 
  • He was also an eminent Gandhian, freedom-fighter, legal luminary and social activist. 
  • He was appointed a judge in Bombay High Court in July 1972. 
  • He served as Acting Chief Justice here and retired in November 1989.
  • Justice Dharmadhikari was a recipient of many awards, including Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.