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DELHI HIGH COURT IMPOSES 50,000 AS COSTS FOR “FORUM HUNTING” BY FILING WRIT PETITION AGAINST ORDER FLOWING FROM ARBITRAL APPEAL

The Delhi High Court on levied costs of Rs. 50,000 on a private company which, it opined, indulged in “forum hunting” by filing a Writ Petition indirectly against an order delivered in an Appeal under Section 37 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act.

 

Justice Vibhu Bakhru reiterated that a Petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India is not maintainable against any order of the arbitrator, and that the order under challenge was a continuation of the arbitral proceedings. It then ordered payment of costs to the Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee within one week.