Insulators & Ceramics Ltd. Vs. U.P.Power Corp.Ltd. & ANR.  INSC
2098 (5 December 2008)
JURISDICTION CIVIL APPEAL NOS.7186-7189 OF 2008 [arising out of SLP [C]
Nos.27491-27494 of 2008] M/s. Universal Insulators & Ceramics Ltd. ...
Appellant U.P.Power Corporation Ltd. & Anr. ... Respondents
O R D E R
disputes between the appellant and the first respondent were referred to
arbitration. Second respondent was the Arbitrator. A five member Committee was
appointed by the State Government to examine the long pending claims of the
appellant (said to be pending since 1985). The Committee made certain
recommendations regarding payment.
This Court by order
dated 19.1.2004 directed that the Arbitrator will decide whether the
recommendations of the said Committee should be accepted or not. The Arbitrator
gave an interim award on 24.2.2004 holding that the recommendations by the
committee were binding on the first 2 respondent and directed payment by the
first respondent to the appellant in terms of it. That was challenged by the
first respondent by filing a petition under Sections 30 and 33 of the
Arbitration Act, 1940 (`Act' for short). The trial court rejected the
objections raised by the first respondent in the said petition and made the
award, the rule of the court. The first respondent challenged it before the
High Court and the High Court (by its majority decision) set aside the interim
award and directed the Arbitrator to decide the application under section 27 of
the Act for interim award, afresh after giving due opportunity to the parties.
The appellant has filed these appeals by special leave, challenging the said
the meantime, the Arbitrator (second respondent) died and a fresh Arbitrator
has been appointed. The appointment of the new Arbitrator has been stayed.
this background, the parties, after arguing this matter for sometime on the
last date, felt that instead of again spending time and energy on the issue of
interim award, they may as well proceed with and complete the process of
arbitration in regard to the main disputes by referring the dispute to a
mutually agreeable sole 3 Arbitrator. On their request the matter was
adjourned to today, so that the parties seek instructions.
took instructions and when the matter came up today, submitted that Justice
Saghir Ahmed, a former Judge of this Court who is currently based at Lucknow,
may be appointed as the sole Arbitrator in place of the new Arbitrator, by
consent for deciding the disputes. In view of the above, it is unnecessary to
examine the matter on merits.
accordingly dispose of these appeals with the following directions :
(i) All disputes
between appellant and first respondent which were pending before the deceased
second respondent, are referred to Justice Saghir Ahmed, sole Arbitrator.
(ii) All records of
arbitration (which were in the custody of the deceased Arbitrator or with the
subsequently appointed Arbitrator) shall be transferred to Justice Saghir
(iii)Having regard to
the chequered history of the case, both the parties shall cooperate with the
Arbitrator hereby appointed (Justice Saghir Ahmed) for early disposal. We
request the learned Arbitrator to decide the matter as early as possible preferably
within six months. The Arbitrator may fix the fee payable by the parties.
(iv) It is needless
to say that all questions are left open and the Arbitrator will decide the
matter and 4 make his award on merits uninfluenced by any observation made by
the High Court or previous Arbitrator.
(v) Parties agree
that there is no need to consider the issue of interim award and the disputes
shall be decided finally.
(vi) This order will
supersede any previous order regarding appointment of Arbitrator. The parties
will bring this order to the notice of the court/s where the issue relating to
appointment of Arbitrator is pending and get those proceedings closed.
(R. V. Raveendran)