Head of MnA Chambers;
Having around 19 years of experience in handling civil, commercial and corporate litigation in various courts as well as non-litigation corporate law matters and documentation.
Previous Work Experience & Associations:
“Partner” of the Law Firm, “Saha & Ray”, Kolkata, heading its Corporate & Litigation Division. As a founder member of the Law Firm, substantially responsible for pitch-forking the Firm to one of the top Law Firms of Kolkata. (July 2002 –November 2004)
“Partner” & Head of the Delhi Branch of “S Jalan & Company”, a prominent “Legal 500’ law firm, having its Head Office at Kolkata. (April 2001 – July 2002)
Associate Advocate with “Trident Law Associates” which focuses primarily on Civil and Commercial Litigation in Delhi High Court and in Arbitration and Alternate Dispute Redressal, and empanelled by the Government of Delhi & Union of India. (August 99 – March 2001)
Associate Advocate with the Legal Firm “Srinivasan & Srinivasan”(Ramji Srinivasan, Sr. Advocate) which focuses mainly on Telecom and Corporate matters and in Commercial Litigation in the Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court. (August 98 – July 99)
Management Trainee (Company Secretary) with “SBEC Sugar Limited”, a JV between Modi Group & British & French partners (Jan 97 – August 98)
Handled a wide spectrum of Civil, Corporate & Commercial Litigation, including Writs, Winding up Petitions, Petitions for Amalgamation, Recovery Suits, Suits for Temporary & Permanent Injunction, Suits for Specific Performance of Contract, Suits for Mandatory Injunction & Summary Suits.
Sample of Prominent Litigation handled:
Constitutional matter involving conflict between Central and State Legislation
Matter wherein the ambit and scope of Complaints under Domestic Violence Act was settled by the Supreme Court
Involved in Impeachment Proceedings of a High Court Judge
Acted as a Defence Lawyer in Money Laundering case of Madhu Koda, ex CM of Jharkhand, & Others
Handled various litigation on behalf of prominent Corporate Groups, such as Novartis Group and Tata Group and celebrities such as Sourav Ganguly before the Supreme Court of India
Challenged the constitutional vires of Entertainment Tax, Entry Tax & Service Tax on behalf of Tata Group before various High Courts & Supreme Court
1000 crore VAT matter between State of Karnataka and Antrix Corp. before Supreme Court
Challenged the constitutional vires of Securitization Act before the Calcutta High Court
Challenged the arbitrary levy of Improvement Duty in West Bengal
Challenged the arbitrary and unilateral variation in terms of agreement by the Government of Assam
Challenged the arbitrary and discriminatory imposition of exorbitant customs duty on crude palm oil by the Government of India on behalf of Vanaspati Manufacturers Association of India
Winding up Petitions on behalf of H. B. M. Print Ltd., Singapore & TATA Teleservices Ltd.
Handled litigation on behalf of Multi-nationals such as Hughes Ispat Limited (General Electric Group) Lufthansa German Airlines, Dornier Luftfahrt Gmbh, Germany.
CORPORATE ASSIGNMENTS HANDLED:
Rendered turnkey legal advise for disinvestment of the Government of India’s stake in public sector company, Hindustan Copper Limited. The terms of reference included:
Legal review, comprising existing memorandum and articles of association, land and asset title, mining rights, asset lease agreement, contracts with employees/unions, loan and security documentation, GoI guarantees and its covenants, purchase/sales contracts, status of statutory liabilities, outstanding litigation and status of contingent liabilities.
Assistance and advice for due diligence exercises and drafting of various transaction related legal documents