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Keeping it in simple terms,
No Sir, You can't take any legal action against any prospective candidate if he/she turns down your job offer.
The things could have been different if any promise written or any contract had been made during the selection.
However , you can debar his candidature from any upcoming recruitment by either your company or any subsidiary of your company or any other company with whom your company has an Employee Poaching Agreement etc .
Better always, have back up plans for any uncertainties like this from next time.
if you wish , just send a mail to that candidate citing you wish him good luck as well as not to repeat this and show some professional courtesy and clear communication from next time as how much responsible and tiring process \the process of Recruitment and Selection is in today's era. You are definitely more mature than the candidate;
Thanks and Regards

From Singapore, Singapore
Hi veermati,
Even if you send his joining confirmation email to his present employer it will not make any diiference.
As he must have told his present employer that i have got offer from XYZ company and they have offered me ABC package if you want me to stay than increase my salary.
Don't waste your time behind this and from next time make sure you have at least 2-3 candidate shortlisted who are ready to join.
This is part and package of recruitment process.

From India, Vadodara
Why to disturb life cycle of other organisation where you do not have any right?
Simply go for next candidate...India is of huge population and lot of talented unemployed are also is not that if any candidate is not joining then n there ur work is going to stop...y to waste our time in these kind of issues?
Invest time to design new policy's n procedure in your organisation not to waste time in these kind of issues...
Note : It is my opinion not argument to anyone's write up....

From India, Pune
No legal action can be taken in such a case.
How so ever, for keeping records, the HR can send the formal mail to the candidate mentioning the cancellation of the offer sent to him/her along with a reason.
Good luck!!

From India, Delhi

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