Justice Dr. S Muralidhar - Born in Mumbai on August 8,1961 and schooled there and in Chennai since 1970. Secured the first rank in the University of Madras in the final law exams in June 1984 and was awarded the Lakshminarasa Reddi and the L.C. Miller Medals, 1984 the Carmichael and Innes Prizes, 1984. Represented India as a law student at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held in Washington DC in April, 1984.
Enrolled as an Advocate on September 12, 1984 and commenced law practice in the civil courts and the High Court in Chennai. Shifted to Delhi in July 1987 and joined the chambers of Mr. G. Ramaswamy, the then Additional Solicitor General of India. Has been practising before the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court ever since. Qualified as an Advocate-on-Record in September, 1990 and secured the first position in the written exam. Has argued cases before the High Courts of Delhi, Calcutta, Jabalpur, Patna and Ranchi.
The branches of law in which Dr. Muralidhar has had an occasion to handle cases, both as an AOR as well as an arguing counsel, include constitutional law, election law, criminal law, human rights, legal aid and public interest litigation. Has been a lawyer on the panel of the Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee and has been appointed amicus curiae to assist the Supreme Court in several criminal and PIL cases. Has been the counsel for the Election Commission of India and the National Human Rights Commission for several years.
Dr. Muralidhar was appointed a Part-time Member of the Law Commission of India in December 2002 and re-appointed as such for a three-year term in August 2003. He was nominated as a member of the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee by the Chief Justice of India for two terms of two years each in 2000 and 2002 and in May 2005 was nominated as Member, Delhi State Legal Services Authority.
Dr. Muralidhar did his LL.M. from Nagpur University in 1991 securing the first rank. He was awarded the Ph. D by the Delhi University in February 2003 for the thesis on Legal Aid and the Criminal Justice System in India. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (F.C.S.).
His book titled `Law, Poverty and Legal Aid: Access to Criminal Justice' was published by Lexis Nexis Butterworths in August 2004. He has spoken on and written and published widely (in international and national law journals) on access to justice, death penalty, public interest litigation and economic, social and cultural rights. He has contributed several papers at international law conferences and has been a resource person at several international workshops. Dr. Muralidhar has been a visiting faculty at the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal since 2003.Appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Delhi with effect from May 29, 2006.