Harish Salve
Solicitor General of India
In office
1 November 1999 – 3 November 2002
Preceded byN. Santosh Hegde
Succeeded byKirit Raval
Personal details
Born (1955-06-22) 22 June 1955 (age 68)
Warud, Sindkheda, Dhule, Maharashtra, India
Meenakshi Salve
(m. 1982; div. 2020)
Caroline Brossard
(m. 2020; div. 2023)
(m. 2023)
Residence(s)New Delhi, India
London, United Kingdom
Alma materNagpur University (BCom, LLB)
Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
ProfessionSenior Advocate
AwardsPadma Bhushan

Harish Salve (Marathi : हरीश साळवे) KC is an Indian senior advocate who practices at the Supreme Court of India. He served as the Solicitor General of India from 1 November 1999 to 3 November 2002. He also fought the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). On 16 January 2020 he was appointed as a Queen's Counsel for the courts of England and Wales.

Background and family

Harish Salve was born into a Marathi family. His father, N. K. P. Salve, was a chartered accountant and prominent politician of the Indian National Congress. His mother, Ambriti Salve, was a doctor. His grandfather, P.K. Salve, was a successful criminal lawyer and his great-grandfather (father of P.K. Salve) was a munsif (subordinate judge).[1] Salve who is a Christian, grew in a multi-religious family with a liberal secularism at his home.[2]

Early Schooling and formative years

He did his schooling at St. Francis De'Sales High School, Nagpur, Maharashtra.[3] He completed his Chartered Accountancy from ICAI and LLB from Nagpur University.[4] The former chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde was his classmate in school. Before he became a lawyer, Salve practised Chartered Accountancy in taxation. He began his legal career as an intern in 1980 at JB Dadachandji & Co.[5]


He began his legal career in 1980 at J. B. Dadachandji & Co., first as an intern, and later as a full-time lawyer. During this time, he assisted Palkhivala in the Minerva Mills case (case citation: AIR 1980 SC 1789).[6] Salve was later designated a Senior Counsel by the Delhi High Court.

Salve worked with former Attorney General, Soli Sorabjee, from 1980 to 1986.[7] He declined to be nominated for a second three-year term due to "personal reasons" when his first term ended in November 2002.[8] He later clarified that his wife was unhappy with him bringing work home.[9]

Salve was appointed as Amicus Curiae by the Supreme Court in some cases, mostly relating to preservation of the environment. However, in 2011, he recused himself from this position during a hearing on illegal mining, on the grounds that he had previously appeared for one or more of the parties.

In 2013, Salve was admitted to the English Bar and subsequently joined the Blackstone Chambers.[10]

Major cases and clients

Harish Salve argued the first Anti-Dumping case in the Supreme Court of India. He frequently represents large corporations like Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Limited. He has appeared in the Krishna Godavari Basin gas dispute case against the latter's brother, Anil Ambani's Reliance Natural Resources Limited.

Other clients include the Tata Group, ITC Limited, whom he has represented on various in matters. He has appeared for several Tata group companies. He has also appeared for Ratan Tata himself.[citation needed]

Salve represented Vodafone in its $2.5 billion tax dispute with the Indian government. He initially lost the case in the Bombay High Court,[11] but later won it at the Supreme Court after taking a temporary residence in London and relocating his office there to focus solely on the case.[12] Salve was extremely critical of the Indian government for passing a retrospective clarification to the Income Tax law in the 2012 Union Budget, which nullified the Supreme Court's decision.[13]

Salve appeared for Bilkis Bano, a victim of the Gujarat Riots, at the behest of the National Human Rights Commission in 2003.[14] He also appeared as a defence counsel in the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case.[citation needed]

In 2015, he took up the high-profile case of actor Salman Khan. The actor was earlier sentenced to five years in jail for a 2002 hit-and-run accident that left one man dead and four others injured.[15] Senior counsel Amit Desai, a Mumbai-based lawyer replaced Salve for a short time in the Salman Khan trial.[16] The Bombay High Court eventually suspended the sessions court decision and on 10 December 2015 acquitted Salman Khan of all charges for the 2002 hit-and-run and drunk-and-drive case.[17]

In May 2017, he represented India before the International Court of Justice in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of spying.[18] Due to his efforts, the International Court of Justice has ordered a provisional stay on Jadhav's execution until a final verdict is declared. For this case he charged only ₹1(INR) in legal fees.[19] India Today magazine ranked him 43rd in India's 50 Most powerful people of 2017 list.[20]

Personal life

Harish Salve first married to Meenakshi Salve and their marriage lasted for good 38 years. He lives and works in North London. Salve divorced Meenakshi in the June 2020 and married Caroline Brossard, a London-based artist, on October 28, 2020.[21] Harish Salve had first met Brossard at an art event.[22] He has two daughters, Sakshi and Saaniya, from his first marriage.[22]

On September 3, 2023, Salve married to Trina[21] in London at a ceremony attended by notable figures like Nita Ambani and fugitives from Indian law like Lalit Modi and Moin Qureshi.


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  2. ^ "'Walk The Talk', With Harish Salve: Full Transcript". NDTV.com. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  3. ^ Nov 18, Abhishek Choudhari. "A phenomenal memory, immaculate dress sense, good debater Sharad once wanted to be a doctor... | Nagpur News - Times of India". The Times of India.((cite news)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Harish Salve Profile". blackstonechambers.com. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Harish Salve: The lawyer who represented India in Kulbhushan Jadhav case". 17 July 2019.
  6. ^ Swaminathan Iyer, Vellalapatti (29 April 2012). "Tax Titans: My Name is Harish Salve". ITAT Online. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Sorabjee reappointed A-G; Salve Solicitor-General". The Statesman. 1 November 1999.
  8. ^ "Harish Salve declines second term". The Hindu. 30 October 2002. Archived from the original on 24 January 2005. Retrieved 28 March 2008.((cite news)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  9. ^ "In conversation with lawyer Harish Salve- Part 1". The Economic Times (ET Now). 10 February 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Harish Salve SA — Blackstone Chambers". Blackstone Chambers. Archived from the original on 28 February 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  11. ^ D. Y. Chandrachud; J. P. Devadhar (8 September 2010). "Vodafone International Holdings B.V. versus Union of India" (Judgement). Bombay High Court. Retrieved 4 February 2013.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Vodafone wins $2 bn tax case in Supreme Court". Business Standard India. 20 January 2012.
  13. ^ "Vodafone-Hutch deal | Retrospective change to I–T Act". Mint. 17 March 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  14. ^ "Bilkis Bano's Brave Fight". Tehelka. 2 February 2008.
  15. ^ Hindustan Times: The man who saved Salman Khan from going to jail
  16. ^ "Amit Desai, Not Harish Salve To Appear For Salman Khan's Case Today". Archived from the original on 26 November 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
  17. ^ "Salman wins appeal, walks free". The Hindu. 10 December 2015. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  18. ^ "International Court of Justice stays execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan". Hindustan Times. 10 May 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Harish Salve, who charged Re 1 in Kulbhushan Jadhav case, drives a Bentley, loves playing piano". Kritika Banerjee, India Today. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  20. ^ "India's 50 powerful people". India Today. 14 April 2017.
  21. ^ a b Shukla, Shravan Kumar (4 September 2023). ""Harish Save gets married in London, Nita Ambani, Lalit Modi among guests"". www.indiatoday.in. Retrieved 4 September 2023.
  22. ^ a b Ghosh, Raya (27 October 2020). "Who is Caroline Brossard, Harish Salve's wife-to-be?". India Today. Retrieved 15 February 2021.