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Partner | Bengaluru
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Overview

Darshan Bora is a Partner at ELP and has served with the firm since 2010. With over 18 years of experience, Darshan brings to the table a deep understanding of legal, regulatory and taxation matters. Darshan is often called upon for his expertise and advice relating to taxation (Customs, GST, State Excise, Foreign trade, Income tax) and regulatory matters including FSSAI, Legal Metrology, Export Control, BIS, Environmental law, ASCI code, Consumer protection law, etc. and especially on matters involving inter-play of multiple laws.

Darshan Bora is a Partner at ELP and has served with the firm since 2010. With over 15 years of experience, Darshan brings to the table a deep understanding of legal, regulatory and taxation matters.

Darshan is often called upon for his expertise and advice relating to taxation (Customs, GST, State Excise, Foreign trade, Income tax) and regulatory matters including FSSAI, Legal Metrology, Export Control, BIS, Environmental law, ASCI code, Consumer protection law, etc. and especially on matters involving inter-play of multiple laws.

He has extesive experience in providing advisory and litigation assistance including hand-holding during investigations.

Darshan has represented clients before adjudicating authorities, Tribunals, High Courts and also assisted in Supreme Court matters. He has successfully handled a litigation in relation to one of the highest ever tax demands in India amounting to USD 1 billion.

Darshan also provides assistance on economic offenses including hand-holding clients in CBI investigations on white collar crime allegations and has represented clients before several authorities including the Directorate of Enforcement (ED).

Active on advocacy and representations before the Government and regulators, Darshan has successfully assisted several sectors in seeking suitable clarifications and amendments to law. One of his notable advocacy assignments includes representing the beer industry before GST Council and Central and State Government(s) for introduction of a specific provision under GST law for taxation of used goods on margin basis instead of a full tax basis.

Darshan has been recognized in Business World’s elite 40 Under 40 Club of Young Law Achievers. He has also been recommended for his expertise in Tax by The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific.

A qualified lawyer, Darshan is also a Chartered Accountant with an All-India Merit Rank.

Thought Leadership

News & Media 2nd Apr 2024

CBIC’s GST investigation guidelines, a consolidation of prior provisions: Experts

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News & Media 19th Feb 2024

Supply of medicines, drugs, consumables, food to in-patients of a hospital to be composite supply, exempted from GST: KAAR

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News & Media 1st Feb 2024

Decriminalise more provisions in tax laws in Budget 2024, say lawyers and CAs

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News & Media 29th Dec 2023

Zomato told to cough up Rupees 401 crore as GST on delivery charges

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News & Media 29th Nov 2023

What GST Scrutiny on delivery partner fees means for Zomato & Swiggy

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Articles 10th Aug 2023

GST shock for Online Games of Skill: Is there still a chance ?

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Alerts & Updates 20th Feb 2023

Key recommendations by the 49th GST Council

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Newsletter/Booklets 2nd Feb 2023

Budget Buzz – Alcobev Sector

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Recent Matters

Assistance and advisory in relation to Investigations by Directorate of Enforcement (‘ED’) and Central Bureau of Investigation (‘CBI’) with respect...
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Assistance and advisory in relation to Investigations by Directorate of Enforcement (‘ED’) and Central Bureau of Investigation (‘CBI’) with respect to Delhi State Excise policy related allegations 

Representing and advising various online gaming companies in challenging retrospective GST levy and in transition to new 28% GST regime....
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Representing and advising various online gaming companies in challenging retrospective GST levy and in transition to new 28% GST regime.  

Successfully represented the beer industry before the GST Council and Central / State Government(s) for introduction of a specific provision...
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Successfully represented the beer industry before the GST Council and Central / State Government(s) for introduction of a specific provision under GST law for taxation of used goods on margin basis instead of a full tax basis.   

Assisted in handling a litigation for one of the highest tax demands in India. This matter involved an approx. USD...
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Assisted in handling a litigation for one of the highest tax demands in India. This matter involved an approx. USD 1 billion tax demand in relation to Aditya Birla Telecom Ltd’s demerger of its telecom operations to its holding company Idea Cellular.   

Assisting in defending import price of BIO alcoholic beverages before the Customs department. The matter has garnered importance and it...
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Assisting in defending import price of BIO alcoholic beverages before the Customs department. The matter has garnered importance and it will set a precedent as the decision will have an industry wide impact across the country.  Ultimately, it will act as a basis for finalization of the provisionally assessed bills of entry filed by the other industry players.   

Assisted and represented a client in a Writ Petition before Hon’ble Madras High Court setting-out the law  on treatment of...
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Assisted and represented a client in a Writ Petition before Hon’ble Madras High Court setting-out the law  on treatment of cash on delivery e-commerce transactions. It was a first of its kind landmark decision under Indian Jurisprudence.   
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Recognitions

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