Noted advocate Adhik Shirdokar, 83, passed away on Saturday evening after suffering from a cardiac arrest at Jaslok Hospital. His last rites were performed at the Chandanwadi Crematorium in the presence of senior advocates and judicial members of the Bombay high court on Sunday. Justice Amjad Sayyed and Justice SJ Vazifdar also attended the last rites along with Prothonotary DV Sawant.
Shirdokar practised on the criminal side and had defended several high-profile accused. But he was mostly known as the lawyer who defended late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. He is survived by son Rajendra Shirodkar, who is also a criminal lawyer and an avid body builder.
Shirodkar, a prominent Shiv Sena leader, had represented the party in Rajya Sabha from 1995 to 2001. Thackeray would regularly consult Shirodkar on legal matters and the party's stand on various issues. He was also one of the executers of the will left behind by Thackeray.
Advocate Satish Maneshinde, who has known him for 31 years, remembered Shirodkar as one of the topmost criminal lawyers the city had. "He was very meticulous in his arguments; always jovial and he widely quoted from poems, literature, history and gazals. The court atmosphere was never very serious when he argued. His smile added strength to his towering personality and it created a positive atmosphere everywhere he went."
Shirodkar had a passion for wildlife photography and held many exhibitions of his work in the city. He would often travel to Africa to pursue his passion. A few years back, he hurt his leg after which he started taking help of a stick to walk. Since then, he had stopped clicking photographs. "He (Shirdokar) never made me feel I was a junior advocate, even though there was a generation gap between us," said advocate Amin Solkar.
As a matter of respect, the Bombay high court traditionally holds a meeting in the memory of any late senior member of the judiciary, informed a senior official of the high court. The decision to hold Shirodkar's memorial meeting is likely to be taken by the chief justice when the court reopens on Monday.