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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.

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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.

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

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
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