Lawyer's Chambers in residential space not "commercial" space, unlike law firms: Calcutta HC
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Lawyer's Chambers in residential space not "commercial" space, unlike law firms: Calcutta HC

The dispute concerned whether the lawyer's chamber was liable to be charged with electricity tariff on commercial basis.

Aishwarya Iyer

The Calcutta High Court recently highlighted that when a litigating lawyer uses his residential space to establish his chambers, the space cannot be categorised as a commercial use. This unlike law firms that use commercial spaces to carry out their work, the Court held.

The Court was called to make the distinction while deciding whether a residential space used by a lawyer for his legal chambers would come under a domestic or commercial category for the purpose of levying electricity tariffs.

The petitioner had filed a writ petition before the Calcutta High Court when his request to receive a new electric connection for his chalmber under the "domestic (urban)" category was not fulfilled by CESC Limited.

The petitioner was a practicing lawyer who had set up his chamber on the ground floor of a multi-storied building where he resides. Instead of a domestic (urban), he received a quotation from CESC Limited for payment of service charges and security deposit on the basis of a "commercial (urban)" connection. After the CESC did not reply to a representation he made registering his protest over the same, the petitioner moved the High Court in a writ plea.

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