Harish Salve: The man who fought against Pakistan at just Rs. 1

  • | Thursday | 18th July, 2019

The senior lawyer is fond of music and is a passionate piano player. Salve aspires to teach at Oxford University one day.


It was the major victory for senior advocate Harish Salve on Wednesday after the International Court of Justice ruled in favor of India in Kulbhushan Jadhav case. Harish Salve was India’s counsel to ICJ in Kulbhushan Jadhav India vs Pakistan case. He was widely appreciated for charging merely Rs 1 as his legal fees in this case. He has earlier served as the Solicitor General of India from 1 November 1999 to 3 November 2002.


He is the son of a charted accountant and veteran Indian national congress leader Narendra Salve. Before coming to this field Salve was qualified as a chartered accountant and practised chartered accountancy in taxation. After inspiration from Mumbai based lawyer, Nani Palkhivala, Salve began his legal career in 1980 at J. B. Dadachandji & Co. as an intern.



The senior lawyer is fond of music and is a passionate piano player. Salve aspires to teach at Oxford University one day.


 Major Cases & clients

  • Harish salve has represented some of the big companies like Mukesh Ambani`s Reliance industries limited, TATA group, ITC limited and he has also appeared for Rata Tata himself.
  • Vodafone vs govt of India: Salve represented Vodafone in its $2.5 billion tax dispute with the Indian government. He lost the case in Bombay high court but later won it at the Supreme Court.
  • Salve appeared for Bilkis Bano, a victim of the Gujarat Riots, at the request of the National Human Rights Commission in 2003.
  • Salman Khan hit-and-run case:  In 2015, he took up the high-profile case of actor Salman Khan in 2002 hit and run case.
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Salve represented India before the International Court of Justice in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case with the legal fees of Rs 1. ICJ ordered the stay on Jadhav`s death sentence. Jadhav was earlier sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of spying


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