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

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

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
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