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Nagpur advocate Siddharth Dharmadhikari becomes Maharashtra’s new Chief Standing Counsel at Supreme Court

Siddharth Dharmadhikari will now represent Maharashtra in various cases in the Supreme Court, High Court as well as other courts in New Delhi.

Advocate Siddharth Dharmadhikari

Advocate Siddharth Dharmadhikari, son of Dr Abhay and Dr Charu Dharmadhikari in Nagpur, was instated to the position of Chief Standing Counsel for the Maharashtra government at Supreme Court on Friday.

He would now represent Maharashtra in various cases in the Supreme Court, High Court as well as other courts and tribunals at New Delhi.

Sidharth, who replaced advocate Rahul Chitnis, joined the chambers of former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi with whom he worked for two years. 

After completing his law education in Nagpur in 2011, Dharmadhikari practiced law at the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court from 2011 to 2017. After this, he moved to Delhi to practice at the Supreme Court under the guidance of senior advocate Shekhar Naphade. 

Maharashtra government’s notification issued on Friday read, “The government of Maharashtra hereby concludes the period of extension, with immediate effect, granted to the appointment of Adv Rahul Chitnis as an advocate for Supreme Court for the state of Maharashtra and consequently his additional charge of the Government Advocate, (Chief Standing Counsel) Supreme Court, New Delhi for the state of Maharashtra given as per an order dated December 2019 stands withdrawn with an immediate effect.”

It further read, “In supersession of all previous notifications in this regard, the Government of Maharashtra is hereby pleased to appoint Adv. Shri. Siddharth Abhay Dharmadhikari as Government Advocate, (Chief Standing Counsel)” in the Supreme Court on behalf of the State of Maharashtra for conducting its litigation, i.e. Civil and Criminal cases in the Supreme Court as well as High Court, other Courts and Tribunals at New Delhi from the date of this Notification, until further orders.”

Besides, Dharmadhikari is also serving as Additional Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh in important matters of the state before the Supreme Court. The latest development comes as a matter of great pride and honour for the city’s legal fraternity.

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Nagpur slum dwellers accuse officials of leaving them high and dry post demolition drive

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Yash Gourkhede, social activist in Nagpur told Nation Next about slum-dwellers' condition in Hingna's Gautam Nagar's slum after demolition..

Yash Gourkhede, social activist and founder of Jan-badlaav movement in Nagpur

Yash Gourkhede, a social activist and founder of Jan-badlaav movement from Nagpur spoke to Nation Next about the situation at city’s slum in Gautam Nagar, situated at Nildoh, Hingna tehsil. 

Gourkhede said, “On January 17, on a court’s order, Tehsildar Hansa Mohane demolished the slum. There were kids and women in the houses, yet they (officially) brutally continued the process. There were around 5o houses in the slum. These slum-dwellers are poor labourers!”

Yash Gourkhede, social activist in Nagpur told Nation Next about slum-dwellers' condition in Hingna's Gautam Nagar's slum after demolition..

Hingna’s Gautam Nagar area slum after demolition in Nagpur

The social activist informed that the slum existed before 1995 and the slum dwellers’ names are also mentioned in the voter list of year 2001.

“They are protected under law and are bound to be rehabilitated. So it was the administrator’s duty to get the people new homes, but nothing like that happened,” he added.

He further said, “After the demolition, Mohane and senior Police Inspector Narke brought trucks at their own cost. They promised homes to a few slum dwellers and filled the vehicles with their belongings without consent, just to later abandon them (slum dwellers) everything mid-way.”

Yash Gourkhede, social activist in Nagpur told Nation Next about slum-dwellers' condition in Hingna's Gautam Nagar's slum after demolition..

The now-homeless slum-dwellers at Hingna’s Gautam Nagar area in Nagpur

Gourkhede accused the officials of allegedly treating a handicapped lady named Pushpa who belongs to the Scheduled Caste. “Pushpa and her eight-year-old son were dragged out and left on the road. The boy resisted and as a result, his nose got injured in the process and both were thrashed by the police. Speaking about another lady, her household items are missing too.”

“Before the demolition drive, the now homeless people were sitting inside a mandir for shelter when two bouncers and some people came and started fencing the place,” he said.

This is a developing story. Please stay connected for the complete story and clarification from both parties.

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Nagpur transgenders react on order that prohibits them from begging on signals, visiting homes

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In a first, Nagpur CP Amitesh Kumar issued a notification under CrPC 144 which prohibited transgenders from visiting homes, events uninvited.

Nagpur CP Amitesh Kumar

In a first, Nagpur Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar issued a notification under Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) 144, which prohibited transgenders from visiting homes, special occasions, events uninvited. The notification was issued on Thursday January 19 that also bars transgenders from begging on traffic signals and demanding money from commuters. 

However, the top cop said voluntary donations to the community are permitted. He further added that citizens inviting them at homes and events is also allowed as a right to their (transgenders) livelihoods.

Cops summoned transgenders at city’s 33 police stations on Thursday and made aware of the order and so that warned them against violation if any. Nagpur Police is in the process of maintaining a database of all the transgender members from the city and to also to check for imposters.

The notification was sent to the Home Department, State Intelligence Department, Maharashtra director general of police, district collector and others. First phase of notification be in force till February 17.

Kumar said that there were complaints about transgenders’ aggressive behaviour and that this notification is issued keeping in mind the interest of citizens.

Vidya Kamble, a transgender from the oldest gharana of Hansapuri has spoken on the matter.

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Dry days declared in January, February in Nagpur; check here for details

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Nagpur District Collector Dr Vipin Itankar told Nation Next that, January 26, 28, 29, 30 and February 2 are declared as dry days in the city.

Dry days declared in Nagpur amid MLC polls

Nagpur District Collector Dr Vipin Itankar told Nation Next that, January 26, 28, 29, 30 and February 2 are declared as dry days in the city.

Nagpur Division Teachers and Graduates constituency polls for Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) will be held on January 30. The district administration announced that liquor sale will be prohibited in city on the above mentioned dates.

As per a notification issued by Itankar, licensed liquor shops and bars in the district will be closed from 4 pm of January 28 to 4 pm of January 30. Likewise, on vote counting day, licensed liquor shops and bars will remain closed, which is February 2.

Anyone seen violating the order will face disciplinary action, as warned by the Collector.

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