A senior law professor and former Bombay High Court Judge Bhimrao N Naik passed away on Monday, September 16, in Mumbai at the age of 79. Naik is survived by his wife Uma Naik, two sons – Vineet Naik and Ameet Naik, and their families.
Born on January 23, 1940 in Karnataka, Naik served as a Judge for two years since 1992 before he resigned for personal reasons and went on to practice in the Supreme Court.
He started his career in 1964 after obtaining graduation in Law from Pune University. Naik enrolled himself in to the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa in October 1964 and then started practicing in the District and Sessions Court, Solapur.
Often considered the king of cooperative law in the state, Naik simultaneously served as a part-time law professor in Dayanand Law College, Solapur for a brief period of five years from 1964 to 1969, until he shifted to the Bombay High Court in November, 1969.
In Bombay, he gave lectures at KC Law College for seven years from 1969 to 1976. He was later elevated to the Bench of the Bombay High Court on November 9, 1992. During his tenure as Judge of Bombay High Court, he delivered some landmark judgments.
After resigning as Judge, Justice Naik started practicing in the Supreme Court of India and practiced there for 16 years before his return to Mumbai in 2010, where he started to exclusively work as an Arbitrator.
He was a recipient of various awards including Vithalpant Tulpule Gold Medal for Proficiency in Law, LB Bhopatkar Award, The VishwanathParvati Law Prize, etc.