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Kanchan V. Chaudhari

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

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

HC comes to doctor’s rescue, saves his MBBS degree, PG-Diploma

Mumbai The Bombay high court came to the rescue of a 30-year-old Kurla resident who was about to lose his MBBS degree and a post-graduate diploma in Ophthalmology for allegedly securing admission through Scheduled Tribes category to the medical course at Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital by producing a bogus Caste Validity Certificate

Mumbai, India - April 17, 2020: People passby KEM Hospital, Parel in Mumbai, India, on Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times) (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 13, 2022 12:05 AM IST

HC paves the way for change of guard at Breach Candy Club

A division bench of justice Gautam Patel and justice Gauri Godse on Monday also directed an ad hoc body of four – Vikram Malik, Jeannette Anand, Marion Panjwani and Sandeep Mehta –to step down from the managing committee

Mumbai, India - October 11, 2022: A general outside view of Breach Candy Club, at Peddar Road, in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 11, 2022 09:41 PM IST

12 years on, Marine Drive resident gets $5,00,000 for repudiated insurance claim

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) on Thursday directed the Oriental Insurance Company Limited to pay the insurance claim of USD 2,40,000.

Deserted view of Marine Drive, in Mumbai, India.(HT photo)
Updated on Oct 03, 2022 05:32 AM IST

10lakh compensation for death due to wildlife accident: Bombay HC to state govt

The accident in question occurred in the wee hours on February 5, 2019, when the woman’s husband, Arjun Redij, a head mechanic at MSRTC workshop, was returning home from Ratnagiri to Chanderai

A wild boar attacked the man because of which he fell down on road and sustained severe injuries and died later. (File image)
Published on Sep 27, 2022 10:11 AM IST

OCI, guilty of possessing child pornography in US, allowed to visit elderly parents

A division bench of justice SV Gangapurwala and justice RN Laddha allowed the US resident to visit his elderly parents in Mumbai, observing that he was “never accused of engaging any sexual offence with a child” and was “also given the benefit of probation (in the US)”

The US resident had moved the high court seeking directions to the central government to delete his name from the list of people who had been banned entry into the country and for a declaration that the travel restriction imposed on him was illegal (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Sep 17, 2022 07:03 PM IST

Rape accused bailed, as the survivor concedes to affair with him

At the time, the complainant had claimed that the incident occurred late in the evening of January 20, when she was returning home from her husband’s catering shop on the bike of the accused

Though the woman reiterated her stand in her statement recorded before a metropolitan magistrate court under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code, she revealed the truth in an application filed before the high court, which was hearing the bail plea of the accused (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Sep 15, 2022 07:29 PM IST

HC denies BMC’s attempt to reopen issue of ownership of 723 acres land in Oshiwara

The then principal collector for Konkan had in October 1860 allotted the 723-acre land of Oshiwara village to the predecessor of Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Pvt Ltd free of cost

Besides, over 177 acres of the land was acquired by Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) for constructing public housing projects (HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 30, 2022 07:12 PM IST

No work, no pay: HC rejects acquitted teacher’s plea for salary during his imprisonment

Mumbai: The Bombay high court (HC) has rejected a plea of a 65-year-old retired teacher seeking a salary for the seven years that he spent behind bars in connection with the alleged murder of his wife

It was argued on his behalf that since no departmental proceedings were initiated against him by the employer, he was entitled to full salary and consequential benefits like a promotion for seven years when he remained behind bars.
Published on Aug 14, 2022 05:52 PM IST

HC restrains CBI from arresting Nirav Modi’s brother-in-law

Subsequently, he has also been granted a pardon by the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court.

The senior counsel added that having bound himself to make full and true disclosure of the whole of the circumstances within his knowledge related to the offence and to every other person concerned in its commission, the Hong Kong resident cannot now be summoned or arrested or prosecuted by the CBI (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 31, 2022 01:44 AM IST

HC refuses to drop rape case against married man who posed as bachelor to marry actor

The Bombay high court on Tuesday refused to exonerate a man who is being prosecuted for raping a Marathi actor after allegedly marrying her by posing as a bachelor when his first marriage was in fact in subsistence

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Updated on Jul 27, 2022 06:41 PM IST

No relief for man who lied about marital status to actor, faces rape case: HC

The accused faces rape charges because he lied about his marital status and married the Marathi actor by misrepresenting that he was a bachelor

The Bombay High Court declined to give relief to Siddharth Banthia, who was accused of rape by the Marathi actor (HT File Photo)
Published on Jul 27, 2022 05:44 PM IST

HC junks woman’s plea for marriage annulment to ‘rapist’ husband

The woman had moved the family court for annulment of marriage claiming that it was performed under duress and by perpetuating fraud

She claimed that her husband, a 37-year-old Bilaspur resident, had ravished her in January/February 2003 and had also taken her obscene photographs (HT File)
Published on Jul 05, 2022 07:21 PM IST

Mere acceptance of Iraqi militant leader as Caliph not enough, says HC while granting bail to Parbhani ISIS module accused

The court also discarded evidence of some of the prosecution witnesses who revealed that the group used to have regular discussions on incidents involving Muslims across the world

The bench also took into consideration that Ahmed was already granted bail by the high court and that the prosecution intended to examine about 550 witnesses (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 08:05 PM IST

Debt Recovery Tribunal can’t restrain a person from flying abroad: Bombay HC

The Nagpur bench of the high court passed the order while hearing a plea by a 34-year-old businessman who was restrained by the DRT from leaving India over outstanding dues on a loan

The Bombay high court. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jun 08, 2022 04:15 PM IST

27 years on, homebuyers to get 7 times the price of undelivered flats

Mumbai: About 27 years after they booked flats in a residential project at Kopar Khairane in Navi Mumbai, two residents of Lokhandwala will receive amounts equal to seven times the price of the flats as the builder failed to complete the project and handover over ready flats

Eventually, in 2012, the flat buyers moved the Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (Pramod Thakur/HT File Photo)
Updated on May 16, 2022 09:48 PM IST

Homebuyers awarded 20% refund for delay in flat possession

NCDRC bench directed the developer to pay an additional amount of ₹25,000 to each of the complainants towards litigation costs.

The developer contested the complaint, claiming that the project got delayed because of reasons beyond their control (Representational picture) (Pramod Thakur/HT Photo)
Published on May 15, 2022 11:44 PM IST

Railway accident claims can’t be rejected on ground of contributory negligence: HC

“The principle of contributory negligence cannot be invoked in such case,” the court said in the April 28 order which became available on Friday, May 13

The incident in question took place on November 22, 2017, when the deceased was travelling from Raipur to Gondia by Howrah – Mumbai mail (HT File)
Published on May 14, 2022 06:53 PM IST

‘Conservation fee’ can’t be levied on projects outside eco-sensitive zones, says HC

The Bombay high court has struck down the demand of ₹4 crore from a developer in Thane, saying the forest department could not levy a “conservation fee” on commercial activities outside the eco-sensitive zones (ESZs) surrounding national parks and wildlife sanctuaries

Sanjay Gandhi National Park HT File Photo
Updated on May 11, 2022 07:57 PM IST

HC grants 50% fee refund to 65 PG Ayurveda students for a three-year loss

Mumbai: The Bombay high court (HC) on Thursday dismissed petitions filed by 65 post-graduate (PG) students from the Ayurveda stream who completed three years of their course, but refused to appear for the final examination, as the Admissions Regulatory Authority had declined to approve their admissions

Gavel and law books (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on May 07, 2022 09:54 PM IST

HC strikes down GR allowing deduction of 10% land acquisition amount paid to tribals

Mumbai: The Bombay high court on Wednesday struck down a July 2010 Government Resolution (GR) issued by the state government authorising the deduction of 10% from the compensation paid to tribals for the acquisition of the Class II occupancy lands allotted to them by the government

The court noted that the lands were allotted to the tribal in perpetuity. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 16, 2022 09:45 PM IST

Bombay HC holds family of accident victim entitled to full compensation

The family members had moved to the high court, seeking full compensation. They claimed that there was no negligence of the deceased and the accident had occurred solely due to the rash and negligent driving of the driver of the offending tempo

The deceased had crashed his car into a tempo plying ahead of his vehicle and sustained serious injuries. He breathed his last at a hospital the next day. (HT)
Published on Apr 14, 2022 06:59 PM IST

HC to FTII chairman: Consider recalling suspension order of professor for criticising Modi govt

The bench said, “We are of the prima facie view that the impugned suspension order is illegal and needs to be considered properly”

The professor was served three show-cause notices in May and June 2019, one of which specifically “charged” him with posting messages on Facebook criticising the central government and also the party in power, the BJP. (HT)
Published on Apr 09, 2022 10:52 PM IST

HC grants bail to accused in 2011 Kurar quadruple murder case

The incident came to light on June 6, 2011, when partially burnt bodies of the victims were found in deserted hills in Appa Pada area near Kurar village.

A single-judge bench of justice Anuja Prabhudessai noted that the role attributed to Gupta was limited to abducting Ganesh Karanj. (HR FILE PHOTO)
Published on Apr 02, 2022 05:54 PM IST

HC allows 20-year-old to take mother’s caste

Even before the divorce, she was looked after and taken care of in all respects by her mother, who belongs to the Mahar community, a scheduled caste.

Gavel and law books (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Mar 26, 2022 06:17 PM IST

In a setback for Zee, Bombay HC allows investors’ plea for EGM

The division bench of justice SJ Kathawalla and justice Milind Jadhav has, however, continued the restraint for three weeks to enable Zee Entertainment Enterprises to move the Supreme Court.

Acting on the appeal filed by the investors, the division bench on Tuesday struck down the single-judge bench’s ruling. (HT FILE)
Published on Mar 24, 2022 07:57 PM IST

Child conceived in rape also a victim, must be adequately compensated: HC

Bench said under the Code of Criminal Procedure “victim” means a person who has suffered any loss or injury caused by reason of a crime and the expression includes his or her guardian or legal.

On October 8, 2015, she delivered the baby boy and died two days later, without revealing the name of the man who impregnated her (HT File)
Updated on Feb 27, 2022 05:10 AM IST
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