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Dua Associates
NEW DELHI 110 001

India > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Dua Associates is active in complex commercial, constitutional, environmental and white-collar crime cases. Shiraz Patodia is highly experienced in commercial litigation, and counts a number of Fortune 500 companies among her key clients. At the associate level, Pranav Kamnani’s practice covers civil and commercial litigation, particularly in the construction, oil and gas, and technology areas, and Juhi Chawla is recommended for insolvency disputes, among others.

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‘I have worked with Dua for many years and have found the firm’s partners and associates to be of the highest quality. They are outstanding lawyers who are practical and result oriented.’

‘I have worked with Shiraz Patodia extensively. She is one of the finest attorneys in India, and I would highly recommend her without reservation.’

Key clients

The Dow Chemical Company

Union Carbide Corporation

Sadara Chemical Company

Eastman Chemical Company

Larsen & Toubro Limited

Zhejiang Jiuli Hi-Tech Metals Co. Ltd.

McCann Worldwide Advertising

Dow International Technology Corporation

Performance Materials Japan Kabushiki Kaisha

Delhivery Private Limited

Dow Agro Sciences India Pvt. Ltd

Kodak Group Companies

Decathlon S.A.

Dow Chemical International Private Limited

Blue Coat Systems International SARL

Reliance Communications

Commercial Bank of Dubai

Authorised Representative of Fixed Deposit Holders of Jaypee Infratech Limited

Otsuka Chemicals (India) Private Limited

TransAsia Private Capital Limited (Hong Kong)

Work highlights

  • Representing The Dow Chemical Company in an extremely complex and controversial curative litigation before the Supreme Court.
  • Representing the Union Carbide Corporation in the controversial litigation arising out of the industrial disaster in Bhopal in 1984.
  • Representing the Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide Corporation in a writ petition relating to remediation of the waste lying at the factory of the erstwhile Union Carbide India Limited and the consequent damage to the environment.

India > WTO/international trade Tier 2

Dua Associates fields a team of international trade experts who have a strong track record of advising on trade remedies investigations including anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard duty matters. The Delhi-based practice counts several Fortune 500 companies as key clients. Practice head Shiraz Patodia remains a key member of the team and advises various domestic and foreign clients on international trade disputes. Ashish Singh also has expertise in trade remedy investigations, as does principal associate Mayank Singhal.

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‘The team is extremely capable and well versed in the anti-dumping field, which is invaluable as this area of law can be both complex and jurisdiction specific.’

‘Shiraz Patodia is our primary anti-dumping lawyer in India. She is an expert in the field and has provided us with practical, business-focused advice and has been instrumental in obtaining excellent results for us over a number of anti-dumping cases.’

Key clients

Kodak Group Companies

Sadara Chemical Company

Zhejiang Jiuli Hi-Tech Metals Co. Ltd

Eastman Chemicals, USA

The Dow Chemical Company Group

Royal Thailand Government

Agro Fiber Co., Ltd

Wisewoods Co. Ltd

Green Fiber Co., Ltd

Kruger Inc Canada

UACJ Foil Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.,

Varopakorn Public Co., Ltd.

Kobelco & Materials Copper Tube (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Alconix Logistics (Thailand) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for companies from the Kruger Inc group – namely Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd, Kruger Trois-Rivieres L.P. and Kruger Brompton L.P. – in one of the most contentious anti-dumping investigations before the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), covering imports of newsprint into India.
  • Represented the Sadara Chemical Company and three Dow Chemical group companies in an anti-dumping investigation concerning the import of flexible slab stock polyol into India.
  • Represented the Royal Thai Government, Wisewoods Co. Ltd, Green Fiber Co., Ltd and Agro Fiber Co. Ltd in a countervailing duty/anti-subsidy investigation initiated by the DGTR concerning imports of fibreboards originating in or exported from Thailand.

India > Antitrust and competition Tier 3

Dua Associates‘ competition team is led by Robin David and Gautam Shahi. The group advises clients on merger filings and abuse of dominance litigation.

Practice head(s):

Robin David; Gautam Shahi

Key clients

Balrampur Chini Mills Limited

All India Tyre Dealers Federation

Cement Manufacturers Association

Valvoline India

Competition Commission of India

Hughes Communications Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Hughes Communications India Private Limited before the Competition Commission of India with respect to its joint venture with Bharati Airtel Limited to provide satellite broadband services in India.
  • Represented Hughes Communications India Private Limited before the Competition Commission of India with respect to its joint venture with Bharati Airtel Limited to provide satellite broadband services in India.

India > Real estate and construction Tier 3

In addition to the main hubs of Delhi and Mumbai, the real estate and development practice at Dua Associates provides considerable regional offerings in Chennai, Bangalore and Chandigarh; Sajive Kumar and Siddhartha Kumar are key contacts, respectively. Across offices, real estate developers and funds instriuct the team on high-end land acquisitions, financial lendings, M&A and investments. Since publication, Srinivas B.R and Brijita Prakash departed to DSK Legal.


‘Thorough and diligent eye for detail, practical advice, good insight into market practices, ability to find mutually acceptable solutions and implement them.’

Key clients

Prestige Estates Projects Limited

Aditya Birla Solar Limited

Godrej Housing & Properties

Aequs Group

Bagmane Group

Ranka Group

Kalyani Developers Private Limited

Fourth Partner Energy Pvt Ltd

Assetz Infrastructure Private Limited

Karle Group

MAIA Estates LLP

Total Environment Habitat Private Limited

M/s. Goyal Hariyana Constructions

M/s. ADRA Constructions LLP

JSW Renewable Energy (Vijayanagara) Limited

RBL Bank Limited

Air Liquide.

Swamih Fund

Shell India Markets Private Limited

Sunjin India Feeds Pvt Ltd

CoWrks India Private Limited

MAIA group

Air Liquide.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Prestige Estates Projects Limited and Century Real Estate Holdings with drafting the transaction documents for the development of the Commercial Spaces and the title due diligence of the subject properties.
  • Assisted RBL Bank Limited and JSW Renewable Energy (Vijayanagara) Limited with the title due diligence of lands for the establishment of solar power plants and wind power plants and assisted the developers and lender with the acquisition of ownership of these lands.
  • Assisted Fourth Partner Energy Private Limited with a series of transactions and EPC contracts.

India > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Complementing Dua Associates‘ established international corporate and M&A practice as engaged by a notable number of Fortune 500 names, numerous regional hubs including Chennai and Siddhartha Kumar‘s Chandigarh desk act for a growing list of domestic sponsors. Key partners including Salil Gulati, Neeraj Kumar and Gurugram-based Sita Khosla lead on inbound investments, business establishments and cross-border joint ventures. Adjacent group Dua Consulting is deployed on regulatory matters in the pharmaceuticals and telecoms sectors.


‘Timely, relevant and practical advice. Superb turn around time.’

‘Manoj Menon – excellent negotiation and articulation, highly practical and workable solutions.’

Key clients

ACL Mobile Limited

Hughes Communications India Private Limited

Fourth Partner Energy Private Ltd

QuEST Global Service

SBICAP Ventures Limited


Hewlett Packard Enterprises

Logistics Plus India Pvt Ltd.

Vedicare Ayurveda Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted QuEST Global Services with its acquisition of Synapse Design Automation and its subsidiaries across various jurisdictions in South East Asia.
  • Assisted Fourth Partner Energy with (i) the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Newen Systems Private Limited and (ii) acquisition of the BESS business division of Raychem RPG Private Limited by Newen Systems Private Limited.
  • Advised and assisted SBICAP Ventures Limited’s SWAMIH Investment Fund I on the successful closure of three back-to-back deals wherein the law firm acted as the legal counsel for the fund.

India > Private equity and investment funds Tier 4

With a strong presence in the energy sector including battery storage, solar and other renewables, Dua Associates‘s practice advises on private equity investments and exit-phase transactions for a balanced mix of target companies and investors. Bangalore-based Manoj Menon is also active in the financial services and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Manoj Menon

Key clients

Fourth Partner Energy Private Limited

Siana Capital Management LLP

Ramakrishna Hospitals Private Limited

Mr. K.R. Anerudan

Work highlights

  • Advised Siana Capital Management LLP on an investment made in the share capital of Proklean Technologies Private Limited.
  • Advised on the primary and secondary investment by funds managed by TPG Capital in the share capital of Fourth Partner Energy Private Limited.
  • Advised on an exit by India Growth Fund, a unit scheme of Kotak SEAF India Fund Limited from Dynaspede Integrated Systems Private Limited.

The firm: Established in 1986, Dua Associates is one of India’s  prominent  law firms, serving a wide spectrum of clients drawn from several Fortune 500 companies, publicly-listed organisations, public-sector enterprises, privately owned businesses as well as multi-national companies. With  offices in  eight key metropolitan cities in India, Dua Associates is widely recognised for its depth of experience and the  knowledge of its  over 250 legal professionals including 75 partners and counsels. Dua Associates is also uniquely placed to draw on the capabilities of Dua Consulting, an independent and stand-alone full-service consulting entity to address issues pertaining to policy framework, advocacy, Government engagement and business advisory.

The firm recognises the support of some long standing clients such as Dow Chemical, McDonalds, Boeing, Dell, Fourth Partner Energy, CapitaLand, Estee Lauder, Brookfield Asset Management, TVS Motors, TAFE, Tata, ICICI, L&T, Gillette, IFC, Deutsche Bank and GE Healthcare among several others, who have been associated with it during its 30-year journey.

The firm’s expertise in complex transactions involving M&A, foreign direct investment, private equity,  venture capital , international trade,  space,  infrastructure projects ,  project financing ,  and corporate deals as well as litigation, arbitration , regulatory and tax structuring issues  is widely recognised. Under its real estate  and urban development practice, the firm is credited with some significantly large deals. Additionally, several partners of the firm have also been individually ranked and recognised for the stellar contributions to their respective practice areas.  

New domains:  Dua Associates remains at the forefront of helping global organisations navigate fresh Indian investment opportunities. Underscoring its resilience and future-readiness, the firm has additionally created specialized practice groups, comprising of  senior leadership team members  and domain experts, to focus on emerging opportunities, in sectors like:

Healthcare: Dua Associates is leveraging its in-depth understanding and experience in assisting prominent pharmaceutical and healthcare companies to further customise its services for clients in this sector.

Data privacy and cyber-security: The firm’s specialised team backed by legal and sector-specific experts and industry stalwarts, has stayed ahead of the curve in dealing with techno-legal issues, privacy and data security-related enforcement trends and new laws and regulations.

Aviation, defence and space:The firm’s practice focuses on various aspects of international and domestic civil aviation industry.  In Defence, the firm has advised OEMs to technology providers and suppliers on various issues besides negotiating joint ventures with foreign investment firms.

With the recent opening up of India’s space program to the private sector, the firm has focused on this space opportunity – having subject-specific expertise to advise clients in this domain.

Technology, media and telecommunications: In addition to the technology and regulatory advisory, the firm provides high level strategic advice on the current concerns around 5-G implementation, spectrum related issues and related matters.

Key practice areas
Mergers and acquisitions: This highly ranked practice, combines the firm’s rich international experience and expertise with Indian domestic laws / regulations, to devise effective structures for M&A.

Private equity and venture capital: With a wealth of experience in representing both domestic and foreign funds as well as prospective investee companies and their promoters, the firm has  proven capacity and a track record for providing assistance in every phase of the investment lifecycle, from fund creation to investment execution and exit strategy, across a spectrum of industry sectors.

Corporate and commercial: The firm advises on a broad spectrum of matters from general corporate advice, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, company formation to regulations and securities laws.

Real estate and urban development:The advisory services to clients include institutional investors in all aspects of transactions such as financing, acquisitions, joint development, disposition and leasing matters and complex title due diligences.

Projects/infrastructure/ energy:The firm has substantial sector-specific experience in energy, both fossil-based and renewables, airports, oil & gas, SEZs, ports, and transportation, amongst others.

Banking, finance,  and insurance: A wide ranging practice in Corporate Finance, Banking and Project Finance and representing funds, NBFCs, financial institutions and project developers in secured and unsecured transactions, makes it a significant one for the firm.

Capital markets: The firm has rich experience in equity, capital and derivative markets and has advised private parties and the Government and public sector undertakings on Qualified Institutions Placements, IPOs and matters relating to SEBI.

Dispute resolution/litigation: The firm’s highly ranked active and robust litigation and arbitration practice covers civil, commercial, tax, regulatory, criminal and constitutional matters.

Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution:The firm’s  involvement in proceedings in connection with the enforcement of partial, interim and final awards passed in domestic and international arbitrations has grown significantly.  The teams have  been advising clients, in pre-dispute and prior to invocation of arbitration-type situations as to the applicability and enforceability of the Rules of Arbitration of bodies, besides working on various types of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms including pre-arbitration advice, contractual advice and claim analysis.

  International trade and anti-dumping: This practice team assists domestic and international clients in international trade and customs-law matters and guides them through investigations or enforcement programs with respect to anti-dumping and WTO issues.

Intellectual property rights: Clients are advised by the firm regarding identification, development, protection and enforcement of their IPR portfolios, including trademarks, patents, copyrights and cyber-laws besides offering prosecution services before relevant IPR registering authorities

Antitrust and competition law: The firm assists  in merger control assessments and filings, abuse of dominant positions, cartel investigations, undertaking competition compliance programmes and training, evaluating impact on day to day business operations as well as longer-term business strategies, anti-competitive agreements and defining contractual arrangements.

Taxation: The tax planning services offered relate to establishing a corporate business presence in India, besides assistance in formulating tax-efficient structures consistent with the prevailing tax regime

Labour and employment: Specialised advice is rendered on labour matters, employee relations and compliance with the various prevalent labour, industrial and immigration laws including regulatory compliance, statutory contributions and registrations thereunder.

Anti-bribery and white-collar crime: The firm advises and supports clients on issues related to anti-bribery, white collar crime, corporate governance failures and frauds, adopting an integrated and multidisciplinary approach.

Food and beverages: The firm has expertise on the complex laws and regulations that govern food products, including packaging, labelling and product specific advertisements.

Technology, media and telecommunications: Under its technology advisory, the firm offers guidance on legal issues, advocacy and interpretation of policy matters , and  the seamless connect with specialised experts from various other related practices of the firm, especially, tax, real estate, labour laws, intellectual   property and dispute resolution enables the TMT team to provide comprehensive solutions to  clients.

Restructuring and insolvency: Dua Associates  offers a complete range of restructuring capabilities and  experience in addressing the complex, diverse issues involved in dealing effectively with stakeholders including, committees of creditors, public sector and international banks, and distressed debtors in corporate restructurings, which enables the team members to offer valuable insights and fresh perspectives to clients, across  all major industries and business sectors.  The firm has acted on behalf of clients from sectors as varied as aviation, corporates, asset reconstruction firms and banks among others.

Special service – Japan desk:This practice team which includes several Indian lawyers and Japanese nationals, focuses on assisting Japanese companies to invest and operate in India. Having advised over 250 Japanese clients on corporate, commercial and business laws, the Japan desk team also assists M&A and inbound investment from Japan and on corporate law, regulations and compliances to established Japanese businesses.

Corporate and Commercial;Capital Markets ; Governance & Compliance C.R. Duaranji@duaassociates.com91 11 2371 4408
Dispute Resolution; International Trade ; IPR; White Collar Crime Shiraz Patodiashiraz@duaassociates.com91 11 2371 4408
Mergers and Acquisitions; General Corporate & Commercial ; Defence Neeraj Kumarneeraj@duaassociates.com91 124 2803366
Corporate and Commercial ; Aviation; Telecom ; M&A Sita Khoslasita@duaassociates.com91 124 2803366
Private Equity ; Venture Capital; M&A Manoj Menonmanoj@duaassociates.com91-80 2558 8799/2558 9909
Corporate &Commercial Sanjeev Kaulsanjeev@duaassociates.com91 124 2803366
Corporate and Commercial; M&A ; Food &Beverages Salil Gulatisalil@duaassociates.com91 11 2371 4408
Corporate Advisory; Mergers & Acquisition; Real Estate Siddhartha Kumarsiddhartha@duaassociates.com91 172 4666627
Competition Law; Real Estate; Infrastructure, Aviation Shashivansh Bahadursbahadur@duaassociates.com91 11 2371 4408
Projects, Infrastructure & Energy; Governance & Compliance Akash Nathakash@duaassociates.com91 11 2371 4408
Aviation and Space; Company Law Ranjana Kaulranjanakaul@duaassociates.com91 11 2371 4408
TMT; Infrastructure Projects; Securitisation; Structured Finance Munish Sharmamunish@duaassociates.com91 11 2371 4408
Banking, Finance and Insurance Jyoti Pandejyoti@duaassociates.com91 11 2371 4408
Corporate &Commercial ; Banking &Finance ; IT ; FMCG NU Subayasubaya@duaassociates.com91 80 2558 8799/9909
Litigation; Arbitration George Josephgeorge@duaassociates.com91 80 2558 8799/9909
Litigation LK Bhushanbhushan@duaassociates.com91 11 2371 4408
Corporate Tax Advisory; M&A ; Capital Markets Sunil Maliksunil@duaassociates.com91 124 2803366/69
Litigation ;Labour &Employment; Competition Law Robin Daviddavid@duaassociates.com91 11 2371 4408
Antitrust & Competition; General Corporate Advisory Gautam Shahigautam@duaassociates.com91 11 2371 4408
Dispute Resolution ; Corporate &Commercial Rajdeep Pandarajdeep@duaassociates.com91 11 2371 4408
Insolvency & Bankruptcy; Commercial & Civil Litigation Chitranshul Sinhachitranshul@duaassociates.com91 11 2371 4408
Dispute Resolution Arbitration Ganesh Chandruganeshchandru@duaassociates.com91 11 2371 4408
Litigation &Arbitration Amit Dhingraamitdhingra@duaassociates.com91 11 2371 4408
Dispute Resolution; Corporate &Commercial; Banking &Finance Anish Ghoshalanish@duaassociates.com91-22-6636-9966
Real Estate ; Corporate &Commercial P.V. Sajive Kumarsajiv@duaassociates.com91 44 2431 4304
Corporate and Commercial Abhinav Rastogiabhinav@duaassociates.com91 11 2371 4408
Japanese Investment/Operations Alok Vidyalankaralok@duaassociates.com91 124 2803366/69
Banking and Finance; Corporate and Commercial; Real Estate Anil Aggarwalanilt@duaassociates.com91 22 6636 9966
Corporate and Commercial Law Mergers &Acquisitions Foreign Investment/Exchange Control Real Estate and Intellectual Property C. R. Muralidharanmurali@duaassociates.com91 80 2558 8799/9909
Labour and Industrial Law, Litigation/Arbitration Ganapati Hegdehegde@duaassociates.com91 80 2558 8799/9909
M and A ; Investments Finance & Banking; Funds and Securitization Projects and Corporate Advisory Nirvaan K. Guptanirvaan@duaassociates.com91- 11-2371 4408
Litigation Corporate ; Commercial Law Corporate Advisory Senthil Kumar Rama Moorthysenthil@duaassociates.com91 44 2431 4304-07
Dispute Resolution: Litigation & Arbitration, International Trade, Intellectual Property Rights Ashish Singhashish@duaassociates.com91-11-2371-4408
IPR, Corporate Law, Real Estate Hetal Narain Thakorethakore@duaassociates.com91-22-6636-9966
Corporate and Commercial Law Shishir Sharmashishir@duaassociates.com91 -124- 2803366/69
Litigation and Telecom Law Sairam Arjun Suresharjun@duaassociates.com91- 44- 2431 4304
General Corporate and Commercial Janini Somiahjanini@duaassociates.com91-80-2558 8799/9909
General Corporate & Commercial Sahil Dhawansahil@duaassociates.com91-11-2371-4408
Litigation -Civil ; Commercial ; Arbitration Vikram Dhokaliavikram@duaassociates.com91-11-2371-4408
Litigation Dhiraj Philipdhiraj@duaassociates.com91-11-2371-4408
Corporate and Commercial ; Legal & Regulatory Compliance Jay Badolajbadola@duaassociates.com91-11-2371-4408
Insolvency and Bankruptcy , Commercial and Corporate Litigation Angad Varmaangad@duaassociates.com91 124 2803366
Defence, Aviation Amit Cowshishamitcowshish@duaassociates.com91 124 2803366
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Number of Partners : 75
Number of Professionals (including Partners) : 250+
At this office : 100+
Indian regional languages - Marathi
Gujarati and Bengali
A well-established international network of foreign associates

CLIENT: Mr. Pawan Jain, CFO
COMPANY/FIRM: Aditya Birla Solar Limited
TESTIMONIAL: The team has promptly and efficiently rendered advice on various legal issues relating to acquisition of land in various parts of Karnataka. We have found the team to be extremely diligent. All the team members are endowed with comprehensive knowledge and experience in the local land laws. The team has worked efficiently in ensuring that the work assigned to them was delivered within the limited time period, which has enabled us in completing our objective on time.”


CLIENT: Mr. Selvarajan, General Manager
TESTIMONIAL: “The team have assisted us in several matters (from setting up of a joint venture with the Government of India to disinvestment in our subsidiaries). The team are easily approachable and accessible at any given point of time. They consistently provide timely and efficient services.”

CLIENT: Mr. Ravi Hugar
COMPANY/FIRM: Aequs Group of Companies
TESTIMONIAL:  “We have interacted with the team from Dua Associates. They have comprehensive knowledge in multiple facets of law. He and his team have provided valuable assistance in structuring our transactions and have enabled us to complete our transactions in a timely manner.”

CLIENT: Ramolla Karnani
COMPANY/FIRM: Dow Chemical
TESTIMONIAL: “I am the Legal Director and Company Secretary at Dow Chemical India. DowDupont is the largest chemical company in the world. Though chemicals are the magic dust that enable almost every industry, unfortunately, chemical industry is perceived in many quarters as synonymous with harmful. Consequently, as the largest chemical company, we require business guidance, going beyond conventional legal advice. Shiraz Patodia provides us with a consistently high quality responsive service across all disciplines. Shiraz with her team show great commercial awareness and understanding of our needs. Shiraz is not only a very capable lawyer with excellent rapport with most senior counsels but also takes a pragmatic approach in finding solutions. Her experience and expertise has borne us excellent results be it in litigation or non-litigation.”

COMPANY/FIRM: East India Petroleum Pvt Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: “I have been engaging regularly with Kunal Mehra of Dua Associates on the East India Petroleum Pvt.
Ltd. (EIPL) litigation in relation to the abuse of dominance by South Asia LPG Co. Pvt. Ltd. (SALPG), first before the
Competition Commission of India (CCI), then before the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), and now
before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. The matter required an in-depth understanding of the complex factual
matrix and the finer business nuances of provision of LPG terminalling services at Ports. Engagement of Dua Associates
and a sharply focused handling of the matter resulted in a swift decision by the CCI in the case which had been pending
for almost 7 years”

CLIENT: Tridib Barat
COMPANY/FIRM: Hindustan Media Ventures Limited
TESTIMONIAL: “I have worked with Kunal on transactions/matters with varying degree of complexity, and each time he has successfully handled/dealt the matter with minutest details and finesse. Any client will be delighted to work with Kunal due to his keen insight of the law, client responsiveness and above all, problem solving approach.”

Dua Associates is appearing for Goolrookh M. Gupta, a Parsi Zoroastrian lady, a Petitioner before the Hon’ble Supreme Court in a Special Leave Petition No. 18889/2012 titled Mrs. Goolrokh M. Gupta v. Mr. Sam Rusi Chothia & Ors. The Special Leave Petition has been filed against the judgment and order of the Hon’ble Gujarat High Court dated March 23, 2012 wherein the High Court held that a woman born as a Parsi  ( by race) and initiated into the Zoroastrian religion by her avid Zoroastrian parents, loses her Zoroastrian religion by virtue of her marriage to a non-Zoroastrian, Hindu male. This view was taken, notwithstanding that her marriage was solemnized under the liberal and secular Special Marriage Act of 1954, without her ever having renounced her Zoroastrian faith/religion.

 The matter relates to the constitutional protection accorded to all individuals under Article 21, 25 and 26 of the Constitution of India which has been whittled down and arbitrarily restricted by the Respondents Trustees by refusing to recognize Mrs. Goolrookh M. Gupta and other such women as Parsi Zoroastrian, and further preventing their right to follow their religious practices inter alia including performing the last rights of her parents. 

In the said Judgment, the Hon’ble High Court have inter alia held that upon her marriage, a woman is “deemed” and“presumed” to have acquired the religious status of her husband . Curiously, the High Court’s views are not restricted to Parsi women alone.

Ms Shiraz Patodia
Advocate & Solicitor
Senior Partner

As part of its CSR initiatives, Dua Associates provides financial assistance for education of girl children. The firm strongly believes that access to gender justice will enable creation of a just and equitable society and encourage Pro Bono legal services.

In 2016, the firm became a member of Trust Law pro bono programme of Thompson Reuters Foundation, UK (with assistance rendered by Mr Chandra Shekhar Mishra). Through Trust Law, the firm assisted Schoolgoers Pty Ltd, an Australian not-for-profit company in incorporating its Indian affiliate. The firm is currently advising (here too, with assistance provided by Mr Mishra) My Choices Foundation, an NGO working against domestic violence and sex trafficking.

Mr. Robin R. David is Partner on the civil litigation panel of iProbono the platform that connects civil society organizations to legal professionals. Mr. David has been a panel-lawyer of Delhi High Court Legal Aid Services Committee for the past nine years and the firm has rendered legal aid in about hundred matters of varied nature.

The firm has represented a Canadian couple before the Delhi High Court in a child adoption case where directions were issued to the Central and State adoption agencies to take steps to enable the couple to adopt a child after the death of both parents, who were rag pickers. In August 2017, the firm represented slum dwellers before the Delhi High Court against forcible eviction of slum residents in East Delhi for a highway project. The Delhi High Court directed Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board to allot residential flats to fourteen families under the slum policy of Delhi. Mr. David is Amicus Curiae panel counsel for the Supreme Court of India. In March 2017, as amicus,
Mr. David appeared for one Shiv Kumar an octogenarian, who was awarded life imprisonment and was granted bail by the Supreme Court of India.   

Mr Robin David