Born on October 21, 1971.
Son of Late Justice Sohan Lal Saraf
and Late Sulochana Saraf,
educated at St. Xaviers Collegiate School, Calcutta
and La Martinere School for Boys, Calcutta. In 1996, graduated from the B.A. LLB (Hons.) course from National
Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. Had the opportunity
of being the first NLSIU student to have undertaken a placement program with
Mr. Dipankar Gupta, The Solicitor General of India, New Delhi.
From July 1996 to December
1997, worked with Arthur Andersen & Co., a worldwide consulting firm,
dealing in corporate law and indirect taxation matters.
In January, 1998, joined
the Chambers of Mr. R. N. Bajoria, Senior Advocate at
the Calcutta High Court dealing in Taxation matters.
On March 12, 1999 admitted and enrolled as an Advocate (Seniority as an
Advocate from January 19, 1998) in the Bar Council of West Bengal. From 2001 onwards, independently handled all kinds of matters
including company matters, arbitration, central excise, customs and income tax
in the Original and Appellate Side of the High Court, tax tribunals and civil
courts at Calcutta. Regularly advised private and nationalized banks on
issues relating to mortgage, recovery and appeared on their behalf before High
Court, Debt Recovery Tribunals and Consumer Courts.
In the year 2000, obtained
the Chevening Scholarship for The Young Indian
Lawyers Program 2000 sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United
Kingdom. Under the program,
studied for six weeks at the College of Law, York on various subjects including
International Arbitration, Competition law, European Community law and Mergers
In January 2001, qualified
as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
From 2004 onwards appeared as a counsel for
the Union of India at the Calcutta High Court in relation to customs, excise
and company matters. From July 2010 onwards appeared as a Senior Counsel for
the Government of India in relation to income tax matters and from December
2011 appeared as a Senior Standing Counsel in relation to central excise,
customs and service tax matters. From June 2012, was an Associate Editor of
Calcutta High Court Notes (CHN).
Member of the Bar Library
Club, Calcutta and of the Law Society, London.
Was elevated as an
Additional Judge of the High Court at Calcutta on September 21, 2017.
Appointed as Permanent
Judge of the Calcutta High Court on 16.09.2019.