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Expert Panel

The LRC consists of an committee of eminent legal experts, specialising from RTI to PILs to estate laws to

property laws. These experts will assist Moneylifers on a pro-bono basis.

Expert Resources

Shirish Shanbhag

 

Shirish Shanbhag

An MSc and a retired professor with over 32 years of experience, helps draft legal documentation related to co-operative societies, RTI and several other areas.

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    An MSc in Organic Chemistry and Diploma in Higher Education and Diploma in French. As a junior college teacher, he taught theory and practical in chemistry, to students in 11th and 12th standard at Patkar College from July 1980 to May 2012. After his retirement in May 2012, he started providing guidance to people on several issues. It includes, career guidance, Cooperative Housing Societies’ legal paper works, Right to Information (RTI), Lokayukta, Ombudsman complaints, Marriage Registration, Complaints to Telephone, Electricity and Transport services, Lokshahi Din Complaints to District Collector and Chief Minister, etc. Mr Shanbhag knows six languages – Marathi, Hindi, Konkani, Kannada, English and French.

Bapoo Malcolm

 

Bapoo Malcolm

Bapoo Malcolm is an Advocate at the Bombay High Court and a former national cycling champion. He is an expert on drafting Wills and a regular speaker on the topic at Moneylife Foundation.

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    Bapoo Malcolm is an Advocate at the Bombay High Court and a former national cycling champion and a man of many interests. Mr Malcolm is an expert in the mechanics of preparing Wills. He is advocate practising civil and criminal law as well as documentation and arbitration. He also takes up family court matters, redevelopment and MHADA matters and testamentary work, including litigation. Mr Malcolm operates in areas up to Nashik and Valsad and from Igatpuri to Udvada. He has experience in pollution control since 40 years and sports doping controls for the last 20 years.

Jamshed Mistry

 

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Jamshed Mistry is a special invitee on the board of Moneylife Foundation. He is a BCom, LLB, DLL & LW and
appears as Counsel in the Supreme Court & in High Courts all over India.

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    Jamshed Mistry is a BCom, LLB, DLL & LW. He appears as Counsel in the Supreme Court and in various High Courts all over India. His clients have included several corporate companies as well as public sector corporations and institutions eg. the Reserve Bank of India and the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking. He also works actively for social causes like the rights of disabled persons, beach safety (Goa Action Plan), the setting up of distinct hawking and non-hawking zones in Mumbai, Spastics Society of India, etc. Mr Mistry was a member of the Legal Committee of the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the sub-committee of the Planning Commission which is reviewing the legislation for disabled persons in India. He has had vast experience in dealing with the media and entertainment industry and has been a consultant to several corporate agencies as well as high profile individual celebrity clients . He was invited to assist the Goa Law Commission for setting up the first institutional International Arbitration Centre in Goa. He is a member of the Media Information and Communication Centre of India. He has helped establish -Entertainment, Media and Information Lawyers Association (E.M.I.L.A) in India. He is an Associate member of the Canadian Bar Association and is on the board of directors of the Indo Canadian Business Chamber in Mumbai. He is on the advisory board of SAFF Canada ( South Asian Film festival, Vancouver, Canada ) and several International Fashion weeks held in various cities within India. He was the legal consultant in Canada to the Times of India film Awards that took place in Vancouver in April 2013 .He is a member of the World Zorastrian Chambers of Commerce and on the advisory committee of the US – India Investors Forum.

Shailesh Gandh

 

Shailesh Gandhi

Shailesh Gandhi is a former Central Information Commissioner for the Right to Information Act. He is a successful RTI activist and a regular speaker at Moneylife Foundation.

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    Shailesh Gandhi is a graduate in Civil Engineering from IIT Bombay. He was a first generation entrepreneur in plastic packaging and was CMD of Clear Plastics Ltd. At the end of the 90′s Shailesh began to devote a considerable amount of time to civil society issues. He was active in the IIT Aluumni Association and campaigned passionately to bring to book those responsible for killing whistleblower and IIT-ian Satyendra Dubey. After the RTI Act became law, he decided to focus on using RTI for public good. He evangelised the use of RTI and tirelessly conducted RTI workshops. He was conferred the Nani Palkhivala Memorial Award for civil liberties in 2008. In 2008, he became the Central Information Commissioner for Right to Information Act. From 16th August Mr Gandhi’s portfolio includes: Reserve Bank of India, NABARD, National Housing Bank, Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of India, Bank of Maharastra, Corporation Bank, Dena Bank, IDBI Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab & Sind Bank, Syndicate Bank, United Commercial Bank, United Bank of India, Vijaya Bank, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Health & Family Department PGIMER, Indian Nursing Council (INC), National Board of Examination (NBE), All India Institute of Medical Science(AIMS), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Medical Council of India(MCI), Directorate General of Health and Service (DGHS), Directorate of Health & Family Welfare (DHFW), Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Department of Atomic Energy.

AV Shenoy

 

AVShenoy

Ajit Venkatesh (AV) Shenoy is a consumer activist in the field of Electricity and Telecom and has represented as consumer representative on both TRAI and MERC. He is also a member of core group of Mumbai Transport Forum.

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    AV Shenoy hold degrees in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from VJTI, University of Bombay and a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. Worked as a Design Engineer in Electrical Business Group of Larsen & Toubro Ltd. at Powai from October 1969 to September 2001 and retired as Dy. General Manager. Also worked as a Facilitator/Trainer for implementation of Total Quality Management (TQM) and ISO 9000 in the organization. Since retirement have been working as a consumer activist in the field of Electricity and Telecom and has represented as consumer representative on both TRAI and MERC.Also a Civic activist working in the areas of Mumbai Development issues, especially Transport and Housing,and have represented on various committees of MCGM and Traffic Police. Presently working with Mumbai Vikas Samiti in area of Mumbai Development, Urja Prabodhan Kendra in area of Electricity issues for Maharashtra and Rashtriya Matadata Manch for Electoral Reforms. Also a member of core group of Mumbai Transport Forum.

Samir Zaveri

 

Samir Zaveri

An extraordinary activist who has dedicated his life to the cause of railways, with a mission to help every rail commuter and accident victims, and improve Railway safety. Samir Zaveri is an extraordinary activist.

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    He lost both is legs at the age of 16, when a local train hit him near Borivali and would have almost died, if someone wouldn’t have helped him at that time. Since then, he has dedicated his life to help anyone who runs into trouble with the Indian Railways and helping every rail commuter, especially accident victims and improving the Railway system has become his mission in life. He is one of the most tireless activists working at almost
    every issue related with the railways—from medical care for accident victims, to compensation, to security of rail commuters. Mr Zaveri got the Railways to install medical facilities at Dadar station through an order from the Bombay
    High Court. He likes to mention that he is a “dasvi pass in Gujarati medium.” Samir has witnessed the callousness of the Railways, Railway Protection Force (RPF) and even state-managed Government Railway Police (GRP) on several occasions. He even faced the wrath of the Railways and Police for his tireless, never giving up spirit and humble attitude. Mr Zaveri, a self-taught expert, with a strong support network of well-wishers, has used the Right to Information or RTI Act very effectively to obtain some incredible information that benefited railway commuters.

Vakilsearch.com

 

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Vakilsearch.com acts as a facilitator for seeking legal advice with lawyers, and provides documentation services, intellectual property registrations, including copyright and trademark, tax filing and accounts related services in India.

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    Vakilsearch was founded by Hrishikesh Datar, an alumnus of National Law School of India University in 2010. Services provided by vakilsearch includes, legal advice support, documentation services including will, rental agreements, non-disclosure agreements, incorporation of companies, Limited liability partnership firms, intellectual property registration and advice, tax filing and accounts related services. The information needed for creation of basic agreements are collected through simple questionnaire online and supplemented through telephonic calls, if needed and the document is delivered through postal services.

Abhay Datar

 

Abhay datar

Abhay Datar is a consumer activist and is also Member of the Managing Committee of Mumbai Grahak Panchayat (MGP). He was Treasurer at MGP for over two and a half years.

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    After working at Bank of Baroda for about 29 years, he retired as IT Manager. Mr Datar has resolved many cases related to banking including online fraudulent transactions, misuse of credit cards and ATM cards and has also handled cases related to mobile and mediclaim.

DG Kale

 

DG Kale

DG Kale, former GM of the RBI, with a long stint in the customer services department, has also been a Public Information Officer under RTI and has a ring-side view on what happens to complaints filed with the Banking Ombudsman.

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    His vast experience makes him the ideal person to provide guidance on grievance redressal.

SD Israni

 

SD Israni

Dr SD Israni is an Advocate & Partner of SD Israni Law Chambers and has over 37 years of experience in the field of Corporate, Commercial and Securities Laws.

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    He has simply written the book on Indian securities laws, copies of which he kindly donated to Moneylife Foundation library. Dr Israni’s professional achievements are formidable. He was a member of the Naresh Chandra Committee for simplification of Company Law relating to private and small companies.