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Bombay High Court judge, Justice SC Dharmadhikari has tendered his resignation from his office.
A letter intimating his decision to resign was sent by the second senior-most judge of the High Court on Thursday, according to sources.
Speaking to Bar & Bench, Advocate Mathew Nedumpara said:
I mentioned the Common Dress Code petition filed by me before his Lordship (SC Dharmadhikari). His Lordship said I am demitting from my office. I have resigned.
Advocate Mathew Nedumpara
Speaking to media reporters, Justice Dharmadhikari informed that he is tendering his resignation as he wished to remain in Bombay, rather than be transferred as the Chief Justice of another state.
"I had to resign due to purely personal and family issues...I did not want to leave Mumbai and they were not ready to elevate me as the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court."
Justice Dharmadhikari was in the last two years of his tenure as a High Court judge.
Justice Dharmadhikari comes from a family of lawyers. Born in January 1960, he did his LLB from the Bombay University. He enrolled as an advocate in June 1983, following which he practiced on the original and appellate side of the Bombay High Court.
He has served as a member of the Board of Studies on Law, University of Mumbai, as well as a member of the the Disciplinary Committee of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa.
He was elevated as an additional judge of the Bombay High Court in November 2003. He was the second senior most judge of the High Court, after Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog.
Justice SC Dharmadhikari's father, late Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari was a former Acting Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court.