Court’s Role in Appointing Arbitrator when the Contract is Insufficiently Stamped: Then and Now

Recently, in Damont Developers v Brys Hotels[i] (Damont Developers), the Delhi High Court appointed an arbitrator under Section 11 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996 (Arbitration Act) even though the memorandum of understanding (MoU) containing the arbitration clause was alleged to be insufficiently stamped. The Delhi HC observed that it is well within an…

IAB Annual Review: India’s Key Judicial Developments on Arbitration Law in 2018

2018 was a rather interesting year for India’s evolving arbitration landscape. Among other things, last year witnessed several clarificatory decisions on arbitration that were much needed for much long. While Parliament was preparing to enact yet another amendment to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (Arbitration Act), Indian courts continued to interpret and flesh out…

Delhi High Court Declines Determination of Res-judicata in Section 11 Application, Appoints Arbitrator

The Petitioner in Parsvnath Developers v. Rail Land Development Authority[1] requested the Delhi High Court to appoint a nominee arbitrator for the recalcitrant Respondent under Section 11 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (the Arbitration Act), in a dispute arising out of a development agreement (the Agreement). The Respondent resisted the Petitioner’s request on…