The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has commenced the hearing on the Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav at The Hague in Netherland. Jadhav, an Indian national was arrested in Pakistan on allegations of espionage and terrorism on April 11, 2017, following which India moved the ICJ, challenging the verdict. The hearing comes at a time when tensions are high between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama Terror Attack that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel. Lawyer Harish Salve will represent India’s case at the ICJ. Salve is known to pick up cases which may not be popular but are challenging.
Here are 10 things to know about Harish Salve:
- Harish Salve’s mother Ambriti Salve was a doctor. His father, NKP Salve was a chartered accountant and prominent politician of the Indian National Congress party.
- He is fond of music and is a passionate piano player.
- Salve was a qualified chartered accountant and practiced chartered accountancy in taxation. He began his legal career in 1980 at J. B. Dadachandji & Co., first as an intern, and later as a full-time lawyer.
- Harish Salve specializes in constitutional, commercial and taxation law. He primarily practices at the Supreme Court of India and appears in various High Courts and in international arbitration, as counsel or as an adjudicator.
- In 2017, India Today magazine ranked him 43rd in India’s 50 most powerful people.
- Salve has represented high-profile cases like Vodafone in the $2.5 billion tax dispute with the Indian government, Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case, Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case and Anil Ambani’s Reliance Natural Resources Limited case, to name a few. His clients also include the Tata Group and ITC Limited.
- According to reports, he is one of the expensive lawyers and charges anything between Rs 6 and 15 lakh per appearance.
- Harish Salve fee in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, came into limelight after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s response to a Twitter user. The user claimed that India could have got any good lawyer with much less fee than what Salve must have charged for the case. To which Sushma Swaraj replied, “Not fair. Harish Salve has charged us Re 1 as his fee for this case.”
- In 2011, an article in Tehelka claimed that Salve was misusing his position as amicus curiae in the Gujarat Riots case, by being involved in corporate lobbying.
- He was also named in the Panama Papers.