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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Categories: Arbitrability |  Arbitrability of disputes  |  Arbitrable dispute |  Excepted matters |  Finality |  Finality clause |  Non-arbitrable matters  

A suit for an anti-arbitration injunction on the ground that the arbitrator does not have jurisdiction is not maintainable given the Supreme Court’s decision in Kvaerner Cementation India Limited v. Bajranglal Agarwal (2012) 5 SCC 215. It is a matter for the arbitrator to decide. (Delhi High Court) (currently before a division bench in appeal)

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Dr Bina Modi v. Lalit Modi and others, CS(OS) 84/2020 Delhi High Court; single-judge bench, Rajiv Sahai Endlaw J.; Decided on 3 March 2020   A. PREFACE: SEEKING ANTI-ARBITRATION INJUNCTION ON THE GROUND THAT DISPUTE IS NOT ARBITRABLE–RELYING ON VIMAL KISHOR SHAH AND VIDYA DROLIA CASE. The question before the High

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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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Categories: Arbitrability |  Arbitrability of disputes  |  Excepted matters |  Finality |  Finality clause |  Non-arbitrable matters  

Where the question if arbitrator had jurisdiction over a counter claim depended on questions of fact, the arbitrator should not have summarily rejected that claim? (Supreme Court)

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Bharat Corporation Petroleum Limited v. Go Airlines (India) Limited, 2019 SCC OnLine SC 1382 Supreme Court, 3-judge bench, R. Banumathi, A.S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, JJ.; decided on 23 October 2019   Under an agreement of January 2007, BPCL supplied aviation fuel to Go Airlines. Some dispute arose and BPCL

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Categories: Arbitrability |  Disputed question of fact |  Jurisdiction of arbitral tribunal |  Scope of reference