Shri Vidyasagar Murlidhar Kanade, Lokayukta, Maharashtra State
Hon’ble Mr. Justice Vidyasagar Murlidhar Kanade was born on 22nd June, 1955. Started practicing in the High Court, Bombay in June, 1979. Appeared in High Court, Bombay in Civil, Criminal & Constitutional cases. Worked as Assistant Government Pleader from 1988 to 1990 in Writ Cell, High Court. Panel Counsel for Union of India from 1986 to 1989. 'A' Panel Counsel for State of Maharashtra from 1992 to 2000. Also was a part time lecturer in New Law College, Mumbai and visiting Professor, Department of Law, University of Mumbai.
Justice V. M. Kanade was elevated as High Court Judge on 12th October 2001. He was an Executive Chairman of the Maharashtra State Legal Services Authority, Mumbai and a Chairman of the Main Mediation Committee, Bombay High Court; Committee, monitoring functioning of the Juvenile Justice Boards in the State of Maharashtra; Governing Council, Government Law College and a Director of Maharashtra Judicial Academy.
He has worked as Acting Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court from 2nd December 2015 to 9th December 2015 and from 15th January 2016 to 20th January 2016. As a Judge of the Bombay High Court, delivered more than 34,000 judgments. More than 1200 judgments are reported in Law Reports. He was on the panel of Arbitrators prepared by Hon’ble Bombay High Court and also on the Panel of IMC International ADR Centre (IIAC), Mumbai, India.
He was appointed as an Administrator of the Maharashtra Cricket Association from 11th March 2018 to 15th September 2018.
He was invited to participate and give presentation in various International Seminars held in Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand in the year 2014 and 2015; at Singapore organized on behalf of Common Wealth Countries in 2014 and also at Hong Kong in 2016 on Commercial Laws and Litigations. He has attended several National Seminars in Mumbai, Delhi, Madras, Jaipur, Kochin and Chandīgarh etc.
Before joining as Lokayukta, he was appointed as an Arbitrator in 30 matters, referred by Hon’ble Bombay High Court and the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.
He was appointed as Lokayukta of Maharashtra State on 19th August, 2021.