The experts who have kindly agreed to provide complimentary legal assistance include the following:

Dr. K. Shivaram, Senior Advocate, will provide overall guidance on legal aspects. Whenever required, he will supplement the opinion of the other experts with his own views.


C. B. Thakar is practicing Advocate. Mr.C. B. Thakar also holds the professional degree of Chartered Accountant from ICAI and carries an experience of more than 30 years in the field of Indirect Taxes. He practiced as a Chartered Accountant from 1983 to 2004 and thereafter started practicing as an Advocate. He has submitted papers and delivered lectures on sales tax in various seminars and conferences for tax practitioners, students and beginners in practice, conducted by ICAI, Sales Tax Practitioners’ Association of Maharashtra (STPAM), various regional practitioners’ associations and other social organizations like Lion Club, Rotary Club, etc.. He was the President of STPAM for the year 1995-96 and is also the past president of the Sales Tax Tribunal Bar Association for the year 2006-2008. He is regular contributor of articles in magazines published by Bombay Chartered Accountant Society (BCAJ), All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFP Journal), newsletter published by Western India Regional Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and “sales tax review” published by STPAM. He has been the Chief Editor of ‘sales tax review’, the prestigious monthly magazine of STPAM for 1996-97 and 1997-98. He has authorized various books on Value Added Tax and Central Sales Tax. His client base extends across sectors and includes Multinational Companies, PSUs, Government organization etc..

Mr. C. B. Thakar has a distinguished practice in the field of VAT and has the benefit of advising his clients during the transaction of Sales Tax to VAT. Currently, Mr. C. B. Thakar has given lectures at various Seminars on GST conducted by ICAI, STPAM, Regional Study Circles and Industry Associates. (See all answers by Advocate C. B. Thakar)

Rahul Hakani is a practicing Advocate since last 15 years. He has completed his Bachelors of Law from Government Law college, Mumbai and done his Masters of Law in Commercial Laws from Mumbai University. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant. His main areas of practice are Direct Taxes, Civil & Commercial Laws and Income Tax prosecution. He regularly appears before the Bombay High Court, Income Tax appellate Tribunal, National Company Law Tribunal and Arbitrators. He is currently the Managing Council member of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal Bar Association, Mumbai. He can be contacted at (See all answers by Advocate Hakani)

Neelam C. Jadhav is practicing as an Advocate since 2012. She has appeared before appellate forum such as Hon’ble Bombay High Court, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Mumbai, and the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals). She has contributed articles, authored on direct tax issues, publications and Journals to the All India Federation Tax Practitioners (AIFTP), and The Chambers of Tax Consultants (CTC) since 2013. In December, 2019, she was awarded by the AIFTP  for “Best Article in AIFTP Journal”. She can be contacted at (See all answers by Advocate Jadhav)

Aditya AjgaonkarAditya Ajgaonkar is a Counsel practicing in Mumbai and Delhi in the fields of Direct Taxes, Indirect Taxes, Company Law and other Commercial laws. He completed his Bcom from N.M. College, Llb. from Mumbai University and has a LLm. from Cardiff University in U.K. where he studied Internation commercial laws and Constitutionalism in the United Kingdow and Central Europe. A keen student of Constitutional Law, his specialisation is the interplay that commercial laws have with the Rights guaranteed by the constitution of India. He can be contacted at (See all answers by Advocate Ajgaonkar)

Shashi Ashok Bekal is qualified as a CA (ICAI), LLM - Tax (JGU), BLS LLB (Mumbai), PG ADR (NALSAR), FIT Fellow. He is practicing as an Advocate in the Chamber of Dr. K. Shivaram, Senior Advocate. He is also a visiting Professor at SVKM's Pravin Gandhi College of Law. He can be contacted at (See all answers by Advocate Bekal)