Darius J. Khambata, Senior Counsel, LL.B. (Bombay), LLM (Harvard), practices before the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court of India. He currently occupies the office of Advocate General of Maharashtra. Traditionally the Advocate General is regarded as the ‘Leader of the Bar’ at the Bombay High Court. He appears for the Government of Maharashtra in its major litigation before the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court of India.
Prior to being appointed Advocate General, he served as Additional Solicitor General of India and in such capacity appeared for the Government of India in its major litigation before the Bombay High Court. He has appeared in a number of important constitutional, corporate and commercial matters for both the Government of India as well as for the Government of Maharashtra.
He has also appeared in several domestic and international commercial arbitrations. His expertise extends to administrative law, securities law and environmental law. He has successfully defended constitutional challenges to several laws including those pertaining to service tax and VAT and to the provisions of the Income Tax Act, the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act, the National Investigation Agency Act, the Competition Act and the ban on Gutka.