Mitra Guha v. ONGC: Can Determination Of Breach Of Contract Be An ‘Excepted Matter’?

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  INTRODUCTION Party autonomy is one of the foundations of arbitration. Section 7(1) of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 provides that by way of an arbitration agreement, the parties can submit all or certain disputes to arbitration. It is common for parties in a commercial contract to reserve some

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Court can grant relief under Section 9 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996 even if the document containing the arbitration agreement is insufficiently stamped (Bombay High Court) [Note: the issue is pending in the Supreme Court in another matter]

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IREP Credit Capital Pvt. Ltd.  v. Tapaswi Mercantile Pvt. Ltd. and another; 2019 SCC OnLine Bom 5719 Bombay High Court; Single-judge bench, Bombay High Court, G.S. Patel, J.; decided on 20 December 2019   Can a court grant relief under Section 9 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (“ACA”)

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If the agreement provides a named adjudicator for deciding certain matters, those matters are “excepted matters”, and not arbitrable. (Supreme Court)

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Mitra Guha Builders (India) Company v. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, 2019 SCC OnLine SC 1442 Supreme Court of India, 3-judge bench, R. Banumathi, A.S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, JJ. decided on 08 November 2019   In the construction contract that Mitr Guha had with ONGC, a clause empowered

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