Pursuant to a meeting held on February 24, 2020, the Supreme Court Collegium has recommended elevation of Justice BP Dharmadhikari, Acting Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court as Chief Justice of that High Court.
He was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of the high court yesterday, after a notification in that behalf was issued by the Central government.
If the recommendation is cleared, Justice Dharmadhikari will replace Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, who retired as the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court on February 23.
As per the High Court website, Justice Dharmadhikari obtained his law degree from the Nagpur University, presently known as Rashtra Sant Tukdoji Maharaj University, in the year 1980 and began his practice at Nagpur. Later, he joined the chambers of Advocate YS Dharmadhikari at Jabalpur for a brief period and then came back to Nagpur and worked under Advocate HS Ghare till 1984.
He started his independent practice after Advocate Ghare became City Civil Judge. He appeared for several Government Corporations, Industries, Employers, Unions and Private clients in all Courts viz. Labour Court, Industrial Court, Civil and Criminal Courts, High Court, Central and State Administrative Tribunals, Co-operative Court, Revenue Authorities.
He was elected unopposed as Secretary V.L.L.P.A. for 4 years and unopposed Library In-Charge High Court Bar Association for 3 years. He was elected as Treasurer H.C.B.A. for subsequent 3 years. He has been Guest Lecturer at Judicial Officers Training Institute, Nagpur since 1997.
Justice Dharmadhikari was elevated as an Additional Judge of the Bombay High Court on March 15, 2004 and was made permanent on March 12, 2006.