Janak D. Dwarkadas

Janak D. Dwarkadas has been practicing as a Senior Advocate in the Bombay High Court on its original side since July 1997. Prior to that, he practiced as an Advocate in the Bombay High Court on its original side since October 1977. He joined Iqbal M. Chagla and was in his chambers from 1977 to 1987. He hails from a family of lawyers. His grand-uncle Tricumdas Dwarkadas, was the Founder-Partner of Kanga & Company, one of the oldest and most reputed firms of Solicitors in Bombay. His uncle, the late Damodar D. Damodar, retired as a Senior Partner of Kanga & Co. His father, the late Dilip Dwarkadas, was also an Advocate and one of the leading Counsels in the field of Income Tax. Mr Dwarkadas specializes in Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Litigation including Securities Law and the newly-enacted Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. He has represented clients in various High Courts as well as in the Supreme Court of India. Mr Dwarkadas takes a very keen interest in public interest litigations (PILs), particularly those relating to the environment and public safety. He has appeared on behalf of the petitioners in PILs pertaining to: challenging the de-notification of a portion of Aarey Milk Colony from a “No Development Zone” to build the Metro 3 Car Shed; challenging permissions granted by the Tree Authority under the Municipal Corporation Act to cut/transplant 2,600 trees for the setting up of the Metro 3 Car Shed located in Aarey Milk Colony; and challenging the permissions/clearances granted by the State and Central Authorities for construction of a coastal road in South Mumbai and the consequential cutting of trees and reduction in size of a public garden at Breach Candy to accommodate an access/exit ramp to/from the coastal road. The construction of the coastal road has been challenged on account of lack of environmental clearances as well as clearances under the Wildlife Protection Act for the preservation and protection of marine life.

Mr Dwarkadas has also appeared in PIL petitions pertaining to: conservation of forests and preservation of natural heritage of hill stations like Mahabaleshwar/Panchgani; setting up of the Amby Valley Private City/Hill Station project by the Sahara Group at Ambavane and Lonavala; setting up of a gigantic off-the-coast port at Dahanu which has been declared one of the most ecologically fragile areas in India; removal of encroachments from the Sanjay Gandhi National Park which contains five lakes that supply drinking water to the city of Mumbai; and cleaning up of the Mithi river to prevent recurrence of flooding in the city which occurred due to record rainfall on July 26, 2005. He has been involved in the setting up of a high-powered committee under the Chairmanship of Justice Srikrishna J. (Retd.) to adopt measures such as electronic surveillance of messages and data in order to prevent recurrence of the kind of terrorist attack that took place on November 26, 2008 in Mumbai. Mr Dwarkadas completed I.S.C from Campion School (1971); B.Com from H.R. College of Commerce (1974) and LLB from the Government Law College (1977). Mr Dwarkadas has received a plaque of honour and distinction as a “Living Legend of the Law for outstanding contribution to the development of the legal profession in India and highest standards at the Bar” by the Bar Association of India on December 3, 2019. He has been conferred Senior Counsel of the Year 2018 by Legal Era Magazine.

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