Forum Shopping I

Court has noticed a rising trend of cases where parties have attempted to take ‘another bite at the cherry’ by initiating proceedings over various forums, particularly to circumvent jurisdiction of this Court. A purportedly ancillary remedy is urged in another forum as a dilatory tactic or as an attempt at ‘forum shopping’. One of us [Justice Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud] speaking for a Two-Judge Bench of this Court in Vedanta Ltd. v. Goa Foundation, [Review Petition (Civil) Diary No. 18447 of 2020] had disapproved of such tactics. Three-Judge Bench of this Court in T.P. Moideen Koya v. Government of Kerala, (2004) 8 SCC 106 disapproved of practice of vexatious litigation.

Hon’ble Justice Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud, Loop Telecom Trading Limited v. Union of India, [Civil Appeal Nos. 1447-1467 of 2016].