Party appointed sole arbitrator is ineligible in view of the Supreme Court’s 2-judge bench decision in Perkins case; the 3-judge bench decision in Central Organisation for Railway Electrification distinguished (Delhi High Court)(20 January 2020)

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Proddatur Cable TV Digi Services v. SITI Cable Network Limited, O.M.P (T) (COMM.) 109/2019 Delhi High Court; single-judge bench, Jyoti Singh J.; Decided on 20.01.2020 An agreement of August 2015 between the parties provided for resolution of disputes by a sole arbitrator appointed by Siti Cable (defined in the arbitration

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Panel of arbitrators must be broad based under the Voestalpine principle (Delhi High Court) (14 January 2020)

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SMS Ltd. V. Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, 2020 SCC OnLine Del 77 High Court of Delhi; Single judge bench; V. Kameswar Rao, J.; Decided on 14 January 2020     The arbitration clause in the contract between the parties provided, among others, that: – The tribunal shall consist of three

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Appointment procedure skewed in one party’s favour can constitute de jure inability under Section 14 ACA (Delhi High Court)

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Larsen and Toubro Ltd. v. Public Works Department; 2020 SCC OnLine Del 33 High Court of Delhi; Single-judge bench; Rajiv Shakdher, J.; Decided on 9 January 2020 The background Larsen and Toubro Ltd. (“L&T”) and the Public Works Department of the Government of NCT of Delhi (“PWD”) had a contract

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When the agreement specifically provides for appointment of an arbitral tribunal from a panel of serving or retired Railway Officers, the appointment should be in terms of the agreement; TRF case and Perkins case distinguished (Supreme Court of India)

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Central Organisation for Railway Electrification v. ECI-SPIC-SMO_MCML (JV), 2019 SCC OnLine SC 1635 Supreme Court of India, 3-judge bench, R. Banumathi, A.S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, JJ. decided on 17 December 2019 This is a recent addition to the list of cases on appointment of arbitrator versus the principles of

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Constitution of arbitral tribunal comprising of serving officers of the respondent party is illegal and of no consequence; Voestalpine, TRF, Bharat Broadband and Perkins applied (Bombay High Court)

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ITD Cementation India Ltd. v. Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd., 2019 SCC OnLine Bom 5349 Bombay High Court, single–judge bench, G. S. Kulkarni, J.; decided on 12 December 2019 Under the arbitration clause, a “Standing Arbitral Tribunal” had to be formed within three months of the execution of the contract. The

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