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Special Correspondent. I have spent over a decade covering courts in Mumbai, primarily the Bombay High Court, and including several important trials like trial of 120 accused in March 1993 Mumbai bombings, 26/11 case - trial of Ajmal Kasab.

Articles by Kanchan V. Chaudhari

Wedding reception not part of marriage, doesn’t confer jurisdiction: Bombay HC

The couple married in June 2015 in Jodhpur and a wedding reception took place in Mumbai four days later

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Updated on Apr 17, 2024 09:22 AM IST

HC orders Centre to declare Sawantwadi-Dodamarg wildlife corridor as ESA

The NGOs had moved the high court to protect the corridor which has around 303 species of plants, shrubs and trees, several with crucial medicinal values, 18 species of wildlife, including Asiatic elephants, Bengal tiger, leopards, black bear and wild buffalos, and 13 species of birds

The wildlife corridor is a densely forested area in the Western Ghats that’s home to several species of animals, plants, perennial streams and indigenous flora and fauna, including tigers and elephants. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 06:38 PM IST

HC rejects “act of God” logic of MACT, grants 20L to family of accident victim

Bombay HC disapproves MACT's rejection of accident claim, grants ₹20L compensation to family of victim in head-on collision between car & bus.

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Updated on Apr 07, 2024 06:56 AM IST

HC sends sexual harassment case to VC of MNLU for fresh adjudication

Bombay HC remands MNLU sexual harassment case to vice-chancellor for fresh adjudication, allows accused student to appear for exams outside campus.

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Updated on Apr 05, 2024 07:32 AM IST

Maersk India employees aren’t liable to pay 3,731 crore GST penalty: Bombay HC

The four employees had approached the high court, challenging notices issued to them by the Joint Director of GST Intelligence in September 2023

The GST Intelligence notice also stated that the company had wrongly utilised an Input Tax Credit (ITC) of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,561 cr. (File photo)
Published on Apr 03, 2024 03:20 PM IST

Bombay HC upholds death penalty for man who murdered 5 members of his family

Prosecutors revealed that Vivek Gulabrao Palatkar, the accused, had previously been convicted of murdering his wife, Savita, in 2014

According to police, Palatkar’s motive for killing Kamlakar stemmed out of the land dispute. (Representative file photo)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 03:41 PM IST

Customs can’t confiscate massager on grounds that it can be used as sex toy: HC

HC upholds Central Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal order releasing body massagers confiscated by customs on grounds they could be used as sex toys

The Commissioner had also imposed penalties on three traders for importing the “prohibited” goods. (File photo)
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 06:39 PM IST

HC allows removal of 3,043 mangroves for western freight corridor

Bombay HC permits DFCCI to remove 3,043 mangroves for western freight corridor, citing national interest. DFCCI paid ₹7.39 crore for compensatory plantation.

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Updated on Mar 06, 2024 07:02 AM IST

NCLT can release properties attached by ED, rules Bombay HC

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) is empowered to declare the end of prosecution against the corporate debtor & attachment over its properties by agencies like Enforcement Directorate (ED)

ED had approached the high court challenging the NCLT Mumbai’s order dated April 28, 2023. (File photo of Bombay HC | Mumbai Tourism)
Published on Mar 04, 2024 04:54 PM IST

Bombay HC asks railways to provide visually-impaired woman job denied over typo

A bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and MM Sathaye on Tuesday directed the Railway Recruitment Cell to complete the process within six weeks

The court cited the principle of reasonable accommodation in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Mar 01, 2024 04:05 PM IST

Default in payment of monthly maintenance: Magistrate can’t sentence defaulter beyond 12 months’ imprisonment: HC

The Bombay High Court on Monday held that a metropolitan magistrate cannot sentence a person to imprisonment beyond a period of 12 months at a stretch for default in payment of maintenance under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence (DV) Act, 2005

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Updated on Feb 27, 2024 08:52 AM IST

HC grants bail to rape and murder case accused due to long pre-trial incarceration

Bombay HC grants bail to Akshay Walode in rape-murder case after 6.5 years, citing delays in trial. Justice emphasizes no steps taken to proceed with trial.

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Updated on Feb 25, 2024 07:04 AM IST

Bombay HC cancels domestic violence case against married sister-in-law

Justice Sharmila U Deshmukh held that frequent visits of the married sister-in-law were not sufficient and adequate to constitute residence in the shared household

The woman who was allegedly abused filed a DV complaint before a metropolitan magistrate court at Girgaum in 2022 against her husband (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 15, 2024 04:57 PM IST

HC allows Maharashtra Maritime Board to construct passenger jetty in Thane

The Bombay High Court has given permission to the Maharashtra Maritime Board to construct a passenger jetty in Thane as part of an inland water transport project. The project, which aims to connect Thane, Kalyan, and Vasai, will be developed in the mangrove buffer zone and does not require the destruction of mangroves. The Board will need to obtain necessary statutory permissions for certain allied facilities.

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Updated on Feb 07, 2024 07:24 AM IST

26 years on, a glimmer of hope for Govinda Tower residents

- HC paves the way for redevelopment of the 7-storey building in Kherwadi that collapsed in August 1998, killing 42 people

Govinda Tower in Bandra East, collapsed in 1998, killing 42 and injuring 80 others. (Satish Bate/ HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 04, 2024 08:12 PM IST

HC grants bail to prime accused Waryam Singh in PMC bank scam

The Bombay High Court has granted bail to Waryam Singh Kartar Singh, a prime accused in the ₹6,670 crore fraud at PMC Bank. Singh had already spent over 4 years and 3 months behind bars and still charges were not framed against him. The court ordered his release upon furnishing a personal bond of ₹1 lakh and one or more local sureties. The EOW alleged that Singh, prior to becoming PMC Bank chairman, served on the HDIL board and extended loans to HDIL group companies without following proper procedure.

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Updated on Feb 04, 2024 06:24 AM IST

Can’t prosecute 2nd wife for abetment to bigamy simply for marrying the man: HC

The Bombay high court said there was absolutely no whisper in the complaint on how the second wife aided or instigated the husband to remarry and thereby abetted him in the offence

Mumbai: Justice Makarand Karnik of the Bombay high court delivered the ruling in the case on January 3 (HT FILE PHOTO/Bhushan Koyande)
Published on Feb 02, 2024 02:39 PM IST

Rashmi Shukla, who beat the odds — and political events — to become top cop

In 2021-22, the Maharashtra DG-IGP was named in two FIRs and moved court to quash a third FIR. A look at the twists and turns in Rashmi Shukla’s career

Rshmi Shukla’s journey to the top post was filled with twists and turns. (Pratham Gokhale/HT)
Updated on Jan 08, 2024 12:45 PM IST

Decks cleared for Pooja Bedi to claim rightful inheritance

The Bombay High Court has rejected the authenticity of a will bequeathing actor Pooja Bedi's late maternal uncle's estate to a charitable trust. The court cited lack of evidence and discrepancies in the will, ruling in favor of Bedi claiming one-third share of the estate. The other two shares will go to Bedi's late mother's sisters.

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Updated on Nov 29, 2023 07:46 AM IST

Pecuniary jurisdiction of city court enhanced to 10 cr

The Bombay city civil court in India can now handle civil disputes involving properties worth up to ₹10 crore, following a jurisdictional increase by the state government. The move aims to reduce the burden on the high court, which had been dealing with a higher number of civil suits due to the escalating value of properties in Mumbai. The amendment will result in the transfer of 8,762 civil suits from the high court to the city civil court. However, the overall backlog of cases is not expected to change significantly.

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Updated on Nov 23, 2023 08:50 AM IST

To restart CPS courses or not: Two ministers fight it out

A fight between two senior cabinet ministers has erupted over attempts to restart courses offered by the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS). The decision to de-recognise CPS courses was taken by the former medical education secretary, Ashwini Joshi, after irregularities were found in its affiliated institutions. CPS has challenged the de-recognition in court. The medical education department is reportedly rethinking the decision. The Maharashtra Medical Council has justified the action against CPS, claiming that none of its affiliated institutions are teaching hospitals.

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Updated on Oct 28, 2023 07:38 AM IST

Explainer: The legal angle to the Maratha reservation row

An explainer on the nearly decade-year-old case that was recently disposed of by the SC even as the Maha govt asked the top court to reconsider its verdict

Members of Maratha Kranti Morcha staged a protest at the district collectorate on Saturday over the police lathi charge on those seeking reservation at Jalna on Friday. (KALPESH NUKTE/HT)
Published on Sep 04, 2023 08:41 PM IST

Who is ‘encounter specialist’ Pradeep Sharma?

Here’s a quick read on the former Mumbai policeman, who was once a dreaded name in the underworld, and was put behind bars for his suspected role in a murder.

While serving as a law enforcement officer, Pradeep Sharma has also been on the wrong side of the law.
Updated on Aug 26, 2023 09:14 PM IST

‘Travesty of justice’: Bombay HC frees 30-yr-old Pune man sentenced to 83 years

The Bombay high court, which reviewed some of the cases in which the man was convicted, found that he hadn’t received legal aid in 38 of the 41 cases in which he pleaded guilty

Aslam Salim Shaikh approached the Bombay high court in 2022, complaining that he was illiterate, too poor to hire a lawyer and had been misled into pleading guilty to crimes that he hadn’t committed (File Photo)
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 04:34 PM IST

HC directs state Board to release disbarred teen’s Class 12 marksheet

The Bombay high court has ordered the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education to release the marksheet of an engineering aspirant from Nashik. The board had withheld the Class 12 results of Krish Chordiya after stating that he was not eligible to be admitted to the science stream as he did not opt for science in Class 10. The court criticised the board and Gargi Junior College for not informing Chordiya of his ineligibility earlier and said that students should not be penalised for the faults of educational institutions.

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Updated on Jun 10, 2023 12:49 AM IST

HC refuses to quash FIR against professor for putting up “Aug 5 Black Day for J&K” status

Hajam had moved the high court for quashing the FIR registered against him by Hatkanagale police station in Kolhapur district under section 153-A of the Indian Penal Code for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste or community or any other ground whatsoever or bringing about disharmony or feeling of hatred or ill-will

The basis for registration of the FIR were the two messages posted by him as WhatsApp status - “AUGUST 5 BLACK DAY JAMMU & KASHMIR” and “14th August Happy Independence Day, Pakistan.” (StockPic)
Updated on Apr 14, 2023 12:59 AM IST

CM has no supervisory powers over his cabinet colleagues: HC

Strap: Bombay HC strikes down the chief minister’s decision to stay bank recruitment allowed by minister of co-operation MUMBAI: The chief minister does not have supervisory powers over his cabinet colleagues and therefore cannot review or modify the decisions taken by his cabinet colleagues, the Bombay high court held last week

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Published on Mar 09, 2023 05:43 PM IST

HC restrains police from taking coercive steps against Canadian bizman

Mumbai: The Bombay high court has restrained the Mumbai police from taking coercive steps against Canadian businessman Alnoor Hassan Ali Jamal in connection with disputes pertaining to a 13-acre Parke Davis plot in Saki Naka

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Published on Nov 27, 2022 12:47 AM IST

No relief to man who sought divorce falsely claiming his wife was HIV positive

Mumbai The Bombay high court has refused to grant relief to a 44-year-old Pune resident who falsely claimed that his wife was HIV positive and sought divorce on that ground

Mumbai, India - September 03, 2021: Bombay High Court at Fort, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, September 03, 2021. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 24, 2022 12:41 AM IST

Reconsider 1% reservation for orphans: HC to Maha govt

Mumbai: The Bombay high court (HC) has asked the state government to reconsider its policy to provide 1% horizontal reservation for orphans in educational institutes and public employment, as the policy is not backed by legal provisions

Reconsider 1% reservation for orphans: HC to Maha govt
Published on Oct 22, 2022 11:45 PM IST
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