M/S. Uttarakhand Purv Sainik v. Northern Coal Field Limited

Supreme court of India

Name of the CaseM/S. Uttarakhand Purv Sainik vs Northern Coal Field Limited
Citation11476 of 2018
Year of the Case2018
AppellantM/s. Uttarakhand Purv Sainik Kalyan Nigam Limited  
RespondentNorthern Coal Field Limited
Bench/JudgesUday Umesh Lalit, Hon’ble Ms. Malhotra

Introduction :

On November 27, 2019, the Supreme Court passed a request in the matter of M/s. Uttarakhand Purv Sainik Kalyan Nigam Limited v. Northern Coal Field Limited (Special Leave Petition (C) No. 11476 of 2018), wherein the issue was whether the High Court was advocated in dismissing an application documented under area 11 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (“Act”) for reference to the assertion, on the ground that it was banished by an impediment.

Facts :

The issue which has emerged for thought is whether the High Court was legitimized in dismissing the application recorded under Section 11 for reference to the assertion, on the ground that it was banished by an impediment. The real foundation of the case emerges from an understanding dated 21.12.2010 went into between the gatherings, under Signature Not Verified Digitally marked by INDU MARWAH which the Petitioner – Contractor was to give security to the Date: 2019.11.27 18:36:05 IST Reason:

  • Respondent – Company nonstop on need premise, according to the concurred authoritative rates.
  • Questions emerged between the gatherings regarding the installment of sums under the agreement by the Respondent – Company, and the derivation of the security sum from the running bills.
  • The Petitioner – Contractor gave a Legal Notice dated 29.05.2013 requesting installment of sums to the tune of Rs. 1,43,69,309/­ along with enthusiasm from the Respondent – Company.
  • On 09.03.2016, the Petitioner – Contractor gave a Notice of Arbitration calling upon the Respondent – Company to choose a Sole Arbitrator regarding the intervention proviso, to mediate the questions between the gatherings. The Respondent – Company didn’t react to the Notice dated 09.03.2016.
  • The Petitioner – Contractor sent a further notification on 30.05.2016 to the Respondent – Company proposing the name of Mr. Jai Singh, a resigned Additional District Judge for the arrangement as the Sole Arbitrator.

The Respondent – Company didn’t react to this Notice too.

  • The Petitioner – Contractor recorded an Application on 20.09.2016, under Section 11 summoning the default intensity of the High Court to arrange a sole referee.
  • The High Court vide the censured Order held that the cases of the Petitioner – Contractor were banished by constraint, and subsequently a referee couldn’t be selected under Section 11 of the 1996 Act.

Oppressed by the denounced Order dated 11.01.2018, the Petitioner has documented the current Special Leave Petition under the watchful eye of this Court.

Issue involved :

  1. The issue which has arisen for consideration is whether the High Court was justified in rejecting the application filed under Section 11 for reference to arbitration, on the ground that it was barred by limitation.
  2. The contract by the Respondent – Company, and the deduction of the security amount from the running bills.

Amendment :

“The Commission has prescribed alterations to areas 8 and 11 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. The extent of the legal mediation is just confined to circumstances where the Court/Judicial Authority finds that the discretion understanding doesn’t exist or is invalid and void. To the extent that the idea of intercession is concerned, it is suggested that in the occasion the Court/Judicial Authority is at first sight fulfilled against the contention testing the intervention arrangement, it will name the mediator or potentially allude the gatherings to the assertion, all things considered.

The revision imagines that the legal authority will not allude the gatherings to intervention just on the off chance that it finds that there doesn’t exist an assertion understanding or that it is invalid and void. On the off chance that the legal authority is of the sentiment that at first sight, the assertion arrangement exists, at that point, it will allude the debate to discretion, and leave the presence of the intervention consent to be at last controlled by the arbitral council.”

Doctrine of Kompetenz ­Kompetenz:

It is subject to the exemption for example at the point when the discretion arrangement itself is denounced as being secured by extortion or trickiness. This exemption would likewise apply to situations where the gatherings during the time spent exchange, may have gone into a draft arrangement as a predecessor venture before executing the last agreement. The draft understanding would be a simple proposition to mediate, and not an unequivocal acknowledgment of the provisions of the arrangement. Segment 7 of the Contract Act, 1872 requires the acknowledgment of an agreement to be total and unqualified6. If a mediation arrangement isn’t legitimate or non­existent, the arbitral council can’t accept locale to arbitrate upon the debates.

  • The legislative purpose hidden in the 1996 Act is party self-sufficiency and insignificant legal mediation in the arbitral cycle. Under this system, when the authority is delegated, or the court is established, all issues and complaints are to be chosen by the arbitral council.
  • Taking into account the provision of Section 16, and the authoritative approach to confine legal mediation at the pre­reference stage, the issue of constraint would need to be chosen by the referee.
  • In the current case, the issue of restriction was raised by the Respondent – Company to contradict the arrangement of the judge under Section 11 under the steady gaze of the High Court.


  • Taking into account the previously mentioned conversation, we put aside the upbraided judgment and request dated 11.01.2018 passed by the High Court and direct that the issue of restriction be chosen by the arbitral council.
  • With the assent of Counsel for the gatherings, we delegate Mr. Equity (Retd.) A. M. Sapre, previous Judge of this Court, as the Sole Arbitrator, subject to the announcements being made under Section 12 of the 1996 Act (as altered) as for the freedom and fairness of the mediator, and the capacity to dedicate adequate chance to finish the intervention inside the period indicated by Section 29A of the 1996 Act.
  • The intervention arrangement expresses that the mediation will be at Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. Therefore, the seat of assertion is at Singrauli, subject to any alteration that might be made by the assent of the gatherings. The authority is, be that as it may, at freedom to direct the procedures at a helpful setting according to the accommodation of the mediator and the gatherings if so required.
  • The Arbitrator will be paid expenses as per the Fourth Schedule of the 1996 Act. The two players will share the expenses of the intervention similarly.

Conclusion :

Considering the revisions to the Act in 2015, which embedded condition (6A) to area 11 of the Act, the Supreme Court held that the extent of assessment of an application documented under segment 11 of the Act is currently bound distinctly to the presence of an assertion understanding, and that’s it. It was additionally held that all other primer or limit issues are left to be chosen by the authority under area 16 of the Act, which cherishes the Kompetenz – Kompetenz standard.

The previously mentioned standard infers that the arbitral court is engaged and can govern on its locale, including deciding every jurisdictional issue, and the presence or legitimacy of the assertion understanding. Be that as it may, the aforementioned rule would not have any significant bearing where the assertion arrangement itself is reprimanded as being acquired by misrepresentation or misleading, or where the gatherings have just gone into a draft intervention understanding as a forerunner venture preceding executing the last contract.

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