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Counsel) Supreme Court, New Delhi for the state of Maharashtra given as per an order dated December 2019 stands withdrawn with an immediate effect.”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.
Maharashtra to implement Nagpur’s QR-code based patrolling method
A pattern of QR-code based patrolling also called as e-beat patrolling that was introduced in Nagpur in 2020, is soon to be replicated in other cities of Maharashtra.
Devised by zonal DCP Nooral Hasan, the method was launched under the aegis of Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar in July 2021.The e-beat technique was then recommended to the Maharashtra state police headquarters, which adopted it as one of the ‘best practices’ in the field.
The e-beat patrolling requires the beat marshals to scan the QR-code upon reaching their designated location of patrolling. This would ensure their presence in the assigned localities for patrolling thus ensuring the vulnerable areas and spots of mishaps being left out.
Nagpur Police set up around 1,500 codes for various localities in the city depending upon the severity and number of crimes.The QR-code based patrolling technique is a perfect example of synchronising technology with governance in enhancing safety and efficiency.
Aadhar Card reunites 16 individuals with their families in Nagpur after years
When 16 individuals from Nagpur applied for Aadhar card, little did they know that their course of life was about to change. Sixteen different individuals including children, adults and differently-abled, had gone missing since years. They had either been rehabilitated by several NGOs or had been adopted by other families.
Earlier the same individuals had applied for their respective Aadhar cards but the same had got rejected multiple times. The officials at the Aadhar Seva Kendra (ASK) at Nagpur sensed that this could be due to an existing biometric history.
Honorary Captain Anil Marathe, Centre manager at the ASK in Mankapur, Nagpur, looked into the matter and realized that the reason for the error was that the 16 applicants’ information was already registered with ASK. He then referred the same to the regional Aadhar Centre in Mumbai and the technology centre in Bengaluru. After piecing the detailed information together, the officials were able to find the original identities of the applicants, thus reuniting them with their respective families.
Justice UU Lalit begins his 74-day tenure as the new Chief Justice of India
Justice Uday Umesh Lalit took oath as the 49nd Chief Justice of India on Saturday, August 27. President Draupadi Murmu administered him the oath of office of the CJI, a day after NV Ramana retired from the highest judicial post.
Justice UU Lalit would be having a brief tenure of nearly three months before he retires on November 8, 2022.
Justice Lalit said, “I have always believed that the role of the Supreme Court is to lay down law with clarity, consistency, and the best possible way to do it is to have larger benches as early as possible, wherever the matters are referred to such benches so that the issues get clarified immediately, the matter has consistency and the people are well aware of what exactly are the contours of the peculiar positions in law.”