Lucknow: Justice Dharam Veer Sharma, one of
the three judges who gave their verdict in the 60-year-old
Ayodhya title dispute, demitted office today.
Justice Sharma, who arrived at the Lucknow Bench of the
Allahabad High Court in the afternoon, was given a warm
farewell by members of the Oudh Bar Association at a small
function in the evening.
Earlier, judges led by Chief Justice of the Allahabad
High Court F I Rebello, wished him good luck for the future at
a brief function at the Judges Club.
Justice Sharma, who was elevated to the High court in
2005, had been principal secretary, parliamentary affairs and
law, in the Uttar Pradesh government.
He graduated from Bulandshahr district in 1967 and
completed his law course in 1970.
A bachelor and devotee of Lord Hanuman, he was promoted
to the higher judicial services in 1985 and became district
and sessions judge in 2002.
Justice Sharma who was one of the three judges of the
special bench had given a dissent order over the rejection of
the application of petitioner Ramesh Chandra Tripathi for
deferment of the verdict.