My Lord, Interest? No. “The High Court has held that no interest is payable. Arbitrators are creatures of agreements. G.C. Roy, (1992) 1 SCC 508 exhaustively dealt with power of the Arbitral Tribunals to grant pre-reference and pendente lite interest. Of course, 1940 Act was in vogue at that time. In Reliance Cellulose Products Ltd., […]Read more "Section 31(7) of The Arbitration Act V"
“After the Amendment to The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 2015 – Section 12(5) prohibits the employee of one of the parties from being an Arbitrator. In the present case, the agreement between the parties was entered into on 28.01.2000 and the Arbitration Proceedings commenced way back in 2009 and thus, the respondent cannot invoke Section […]Read more "Section 12(5) of The Arbitration Act II"
“The present case is governed by The Pre-Amended 1996 Act [See, Section 15(2)]. This Court in ACC Ltd. v. Global Cements Ltd., (2012) 7 SCC 71 held that the procedure agreed upon by the parties for the appointment of the Original Arbitrator is equally applicable to the appointment of a Substitute Arbitrator, even if the […]Read more "Section 15(2) of The Arbitration Act III"
“Section 26 of The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Act, 2015 has to be construed literally first, and then purposively and pragmatically. Section 26 is indeed in two parts, separate and distinct. Whereas the first part refers only to Arbitral Proceedings before an Arbitral Tribunal, the second part refers to Court Proceedings “in relation to” Arbitral […]Read more "Section 26 of The Arbitration Act"
“The clause only bars interest upon earnest money or security deposits or amounts payable to the contractor under the contract. The above-mentioned amounts are amounts which in a sense belong to the contractor. They are amounts voluntarily deposited with the other contracting party in order to be refunded or forfeited depending on performance of the […]Read more "Section 31(7) of The Arbitration Act IV"
My Lord, Consumer-Disputes are Non-Arbitrable? No. The Arbitration Act does not exclude the jurisdiction of the Consumer Forum to decide Consumer-Disputes under The Consumer Act (Skypak Couriers Ltd., (2000) 5 SCC 294). If X opts for Arbitration, it may be possible to state that X cannot, subsequently, file a Complaint under The Consumer Act. However, […]Read more "Section 8 of The Arbitration Act VI: Arbitrable Disputes"
“The Present Appeal arises from the Judgment of a Learned Single Judge of the High Court of Calcutta by which the Respondent’s Application for condoning a delay of 514 days in filing an Application under Section 34 of The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 was allowed. This Court needs to assess whether the benefit of […]Read more "Section 34(3) of The Arbirtration Act"