SKOCH India Law Award

Arshad Hidayatullah

Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India

SKOCH India Law Award

Service to Law

Mr Arshad Hidayatullah

Senior Advocate

New Delhi, 26th Aug 2023

Senior Counsel Arshad Hidayatullah, a distinguished legal professional whose remarkable journey began in Nagpur on January 22, 1949. With a strong educational foundation, he graduated with honors in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, and pursued advanced studies at Trinity College, Cambridge University, excelling in Administrative and Constitutional Laws, particularly in areas of Indirect Taxation and Land matters. Starting his legal career under the guidance of Soli J. Sorabjee in 1972, Mr. Hidayatullah’s expertise quickly flourished. He played a pivotal role in significant cases during the Emergency, displaying a profound impact in the legal arena. Notably, in 1986-87, he earned the prestigious title of Senior Counsel from the Bombay High Court, underscoring his exceptional legal acumen. His contributions extended beyond courtroom success, becoming a key member of the Hidayatullah National Law University and affiliating with prominent legal associations.

Atreya Ghanchaudri Recieves award on behalf of  Arshad Hidayatullah

Throughout his journey, Mr. Hidayatullah’s dedication to the legal field remained unwavering. His mastery of Administrative and Constitutional Laws, particularly in the intricate realms of Indirect Taxation and Land matters, solidifies his position as a revered and influential figure within the legal community.

SKOCH India Law Award

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