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Supreme Court Explains Scope of Section 60(6) of IBC

[Raghav Bhatia is an Advocate, currently practising at the Supreme Court of India. The author would like to acknowledge Diali Sahana, 3rd Year Law Student of NUJS Kolkata, for her assistance] Recently, the Supreme Court of India in New Delhi Municipal Council v. Minosha India Limited explained the scope of section 60(6) of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (“IBC”). Under section 60(6) of...

EIG (Mauritius) v. McNally Bharat Engineering: Taming the Unruly Horse

[Pratyush Singh and Dhawal M are second year students at NLSIU, Bangalore] An arbitral award can be rejected on grounds of violating the public policy of the country where it has to be enforced under the New York Convention, 1958. However, “public policy” has not been defined by the Convention. This has led to much uncertainty across jurisdictions as every country applies their own standards...

Supreme Court Reiterates its Limited Jurisdiction to Interfere with Contractual Terms

[Raghav Bhatia is an Advocate practising at the Supreme Court of India] Recently, in Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. v. Shree Ganesh Petroleum Rajgurunagar, the Supreme Court of India (“Supreme Court”) has reiterated that courts and arbitral tribunals have limited jurisdiction when it comes to interfering with the terms of a contract. Background The Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (“lessee”) and M/s...

Arbitral Award Without Findings Cannot Be Remitted under Section 34(4)

[Raghav Bhatia is an Advocate practising at the Supreme Court of India] Recently, in I-Pay Clearing Services Pvt. Ltd. v ICICI Bank Limited, the Supreme Court of India has observed that under section 34(4) of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (“Act”), a court cannot remit the matter back to arbitral tribunal where no findings at all have been recorded. Background I-Pay Clearing Services...

‘Group of Companies’ Doctrine in the Amazon-Future Dispute: Analysis under Indian Law

[Chinmayanand Chivukula is an Advocate based in Hyderabad] The ‘group of companies’ doctrine originated in France in the ICC case of Dow Chemical France v. Isover Saint Gobain. In essence, it requires non-signatories to be bound by an arbitration agreement if such mutual intention can be made out amongst the entities within a group of companies.  The purpose of the doctrine is to deconstruct...

Arbitral References under Unstamped Agreements: The Issues with InterContinental v Waterline

[Karan Kamath is an Advocate, Bombay High Court and an LLM candidate at the University of Edinburgh. The author would like thank Mr Rohan Deshpande, Counsel, Bombay High Court, Barrister (unregistered), Inner Temple, and MCIArb, for comments on an earlier draft] In a section 11(6) application, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court recently dealt with the vexed issue of arbitration agreements...

Amazon-Future Group: More Reasons Call to Question the Delhi HC Division Bench Ruling

[Velpula Audityaa is an Advocate practicing before the Madras High Court and trial courts in Chennai. The author is thankful to Nirmal Prasad (Advocate, Delhi High Court) for his inputs on this post] In an earlier post, a Delhi High Court division bench’s order dated 5 January 2022 in staying the arbitral proceedings between Amazon and the Future Group before a SIAC tribunal, was rightly...

Ad-Hoc Arbitrations In India And The Fourth Schedule – The Way Forward

[Ramkishore Karanam is an Advocate practising at the Madras High Court and Akash Santosh Loya is an Advocate practising at the Bombay High Court] Recently, the Supreme Court pulled up a Public Sector Undertaking (“PSU”) for haggling over the arbitral fees of an Arbitral Tribunal consisting of retired judges and expressed its intention to initiate contempt proceedings if the PSU continued to...

DLF Home Developers v. Rajapura Homes: A Critical Analysis

[Anushka Juneja is a 2nd year B.A., LL.B. (hons.) student at Gujarat National Law University] Section 11 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (“Arbitration Act”) empowers the courts to appoint an arbitrator in case any dispute arises between the parties. For the purpose of the aforementioned section, the power is confined to the examination of the existence of an arbitration agreement as...

Envirad Projects Case: Crystalizing the Post-Perkins Position on Unilateral Arbitrator Appointments

[Sumit Chatterjee is a final year student at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore] On 18 January 2022, a single judge of the Delhi High Court upheld the prohibition on unilateral appointment of arbitrators by parties in Envirad Projects v NTPC Ltd., rejecting the validity of the arbitral clause providing NTPC with the exclusive right to appoint the sole arbitrator. The...

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