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

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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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‘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
Sanjay Gandhi National Park HT File Photo
Updated on May 11, 2022 07:57 PM IST
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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)
Gavel and law books (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on May 07, 2022 09:54 PM IST
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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)
The court noted that the lands were allotted to the tribal in perpetuity. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 16, 2022 09:45 PM IST
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
Gavel and law books (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Mar 26, 2022 06:17 PM IST
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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)
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
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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)
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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No relief for former president of Union Biblical Seminary in POSH case

On January 25, the one-member panel submitted its report which held the president of the seminary guilty of sexual harassment at workplace
The court said the purpose of the POSH Act would not be achieved if petitioner’s contentions were accepted. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo/File/Representative use)
The court said the purpose of the POSH Act would not be achieved if petitioner’s contentions were accepted. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo/File/Representative use)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 03:45 PM IST
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Bombay HC refuses pre-arrest bail to judicial magistrate booked in bribery case

  • An associate of the judicial magistrate allegedly demanded and accepted a bribe on her behalf for dismissing a criminal complaint against a milk vendor.
The Bombay high court. (HT FILE PHOTO)
The Bombay high court. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Mar 07, 2021 12:08 PM IST
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Bombay HC refuses pre-arrest bail to judicial magistrate booked in bribery case

  • While rejecting the anticipatory bail, the court said there was a strong indication of the applicant’s involvement in the offence.
The magistrate's contention that she was not aware of the acitivities of her associate was rejected by the court.
The magistrate's contention that she was not aware of the acitivities of her associate was rejected by the court.
Published on Mar 07, 2021 10:17 AM IST
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Bombay HC refuses to interfere in physical criteria for medical admission

  • The petitioner had moved the high court in January this year after she was declared ineligible for admission to an undergraduate medical course as her left hand was amputated.
The Bombay high court. (HT File Photo)
The Bombay high court. (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 28, 2021 12:56 PM IST
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Employee union at GM Motors opposes closure of Telgaon plant, moves court

It alleged that after January 2020, employees of the company were forced and coerced to accept a voluntary retirement scheme, which the union claimed was not fair and equitable.
The petition said the company put up a notice informing its employees that its
The petition said the company put up a notice informing its employees that its "legal entity" was being sold to GMW, without clarifying as to what the term "legal entity" meant.(HT Photo)
Published on Jan 18, 2021 01:34 PM IST
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Bombay HC restrains police from issuing fresh summons to Kangana Ranaut, sister

The actor and her sister have moved the high court challenging the October 16, 2020 order of a magistrate court at Bandra.
Actor Kangana Ranaut. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Actor Kangana Ranaut. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 11, 2021 01:07 PM IST
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Fake encounter murder case: ‘Perverse’ govt order to let out guilty cops struck down by HC

The bench criticised the CBI special judge, then Mumbai police commissioner
Family of Mumbai policeman, Pradeep Suryavanshi who was convicted recently in the Lakhan Bhaiya fake encounter case(Ht Photo)
Family of Mumbai policeman, Pradeep Suryavanshi who was convicted recently in the Lakhan Bhaiya fake encounter case(Ht Photo)
Published on Mar 07, 2019 12:34 AM IST
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ByKanchan V Chaudhari, Mumbai

Bombay high court reunites Hindu girl with Muslim foster family

Justice Gautam Patel ignored the biological mother’s plea for her custody primarily on the ground that the woman was involved in some immoral activity
Published on Aug 04, 2018 12:31 AM IST
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