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OPG Iron & Steel Private Limited v/s NTPC Limited & Another


Company & Directors' Information:- NTPC LIMITED [Active] CIN = L40101DL1975GOI007966

Company & Directors' Information:- S A L STEEL LIMITED [Active] CIN = L29199GJ2003PLC043148

Company & Directors' Information:- M M S STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27109TZ1996PTC006849

Company & Directors' Information:- G. O. STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27100PB2007PTC031033

Company & Directors' Information:- INDIA IRON AND STEEL CORPORATION LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27106DL2006PLC149653

Company & Directors' Information:- C P S STEEL INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27104TZ2003PTC010552

Company & Directors' Information:- J M G STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U27105BR1992PTC004985

Company & Directors' Information:- J. J. IRON AND STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27106MH2008PTC188056

Company & Directors' Information:- H L STEEL PVT LTD [Active] CIN = U27107AS1992PTC003726

Company & Directors' Information:- K V M STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U29141DL1988PTC031248

Company & Directors' Information:- J D IRON PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U51420DL1996PTC079084

Company & Directors' Information:- K STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U27104JH1973PTC000998

Company & Directors' Information:- S P IRON PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27106DL2005PTC136441

Company & Directors' Information:- R. J. STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U28112MH2009PTC193047

Company & Directors' Information:- M M STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27107MH2001PTC131270

Company & Directors' Information:- A M R IRON AND STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27100MH2003PTC140824

Company & Directors' Information:- B L STEEL PVT LTD [Active] CIN = U51909WB1981PTC034021

Company & Directors' Information:- R K G STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27109DL2004PTC128852

Company & Directors' Information:- V B STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U28112MH2010PTC211691

Company & Directors' Information:- I B STEEL COMPANY PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U28910MH2010PTC211344

Company & Directors' Information:- Y D STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U27109WB1997PTC086155

Company & Directors' Information:- J S C STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27106UP2013PTC061568

Company & Directors' Information:- S. M. STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U51101MH2013PTC239811

Company & Directors' Information:- K L IRON AND STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27310UP2012PTC051496

Company & Directors' Information:- R K P STEEL LTD [Active] CIN = L27109WB1980PLC033206

Company & Directors' Information:- M K IRON PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27109CH1997PTC019501

Company & Directors' Information:- C P STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27100WB2008PTC127447

Company & Directors' Information:- A. K. J. STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U28112WB2010PTC144880

Company & Directors' Information:- J P IRON AND STEEL LTD [Active] CIN = U27106PB1994PLC014838

Company & Directors' Information:- C D STEEL PVT LTD [Under Liquidation] CIN = U27109WB1981PTC034340

Company & Directors' Information:- P P IRON & STEEL PVT LTD [Active] CIN = U27109WB2005PTC106080

Company & Directors' Information:- G K IRON AND STEEL COMPANY LIMITED [Active] CIN = U13100KA2005PLC065824

Company & Directors' Information:- T M S STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U02710TZ1996PTC007498

Company & Directors' Information:- O P G IRON & STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27109WB2005PTC103315

Company & Directors' Information:- P M R STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U51102DL2003PTC122675

Company & Directors' Information:- C T STEEL PVT LTD [Active] CIN = U27109WB2005PTC106634

Company & Directors' Information:- P G STEEL PVT LTD [Strike Off] CIN = U24111AS1998PTC005409

Company & Directors' Information:- A AND S STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U63090DL1987PTC027835

Company & Directors' Information:- A. G. IRON & STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27310WB2008PTC123843

Company & Directors' Information:- J S STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U52190CT1978PTC001432

Company & Directors' Information:- U M STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U27209TN1986PTC013670

Company & Directors' Information:- E & G STEEL INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U28113PN2009PTC134643

Company & Directors' Information:- L N STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27310WB2007PTC118206

Company & Directors' Information:- K. D. W. STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U28910UP2011PTC043976

Company & Directors' Information:- R. N. STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27100WB2007PTC116588

Company & Directors' Information:- P M STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27105MP1982PTC001915

Company & Directors' Information:- M R STEEL (INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27100TG2013PTC088808

Company & Directors' Information:- C K STEEL PVT LTD [Active] CIN = U29150WB1975PTC030259

Company & Directors' Information:- G R IRON & STEEL PVT LTD [Active] CIN = U51909WB1991PTC053653

Company & Directors' Information:- H P IRON PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27100DL2009PTC191318

Company & Directors' Information:- A M Q STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U27310UP2012PTC053823

Company & Directors' Information:- K STEEL & COMPANY PVT LTD [Strike Off] CIN = U51909WB1991PTC053960

Company & Directors' Information:- D A IRON AND STEEL COMPANY PVT LTD [Strike Off] CIN = U27103PB1994PTC014497

Company & Directors' Information:- N S STEEL PVT LTD [Strike Off] CIN = U27106PB1980PTC004266

Company & Directors' Information:- P S IRON AND STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U51909PB2000PTC023340

Company & Directors' Information:- M. L. IRON PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U27101DL2011PTC220421

Company & Directors' Information:- P K IRON PVT LTD [Strike Off] CIN = U34300WB1981PTC034415

Company & Directors' Information:- R C STEEL PVT LTD [Strike Off] CIN = U28112AS1980PTC001811

Company & Directors' Information:- P D STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U74899DL1989PTC038426

Company & Directors' Information:- A K STEEL PVT LTD [Strike Off] CIN = U99999DL1961PTC003566

Company & Directors' Information:- H S P STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U27100MH2013PTC242983

Company & Directors' Information:- R B R STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U51103PB2013PTC037791

Company & Directors' Information:- D H STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U27109RJ2012PTC039742

Company & Directors' Information:- R A STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U51909MH2014PTC253625

Company & Directors' Information:- V M IRON PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U51909PN2012PTC142963

Company & Directors' Information:- K M D IRON & STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U52300UP2013PTC055973

Company & Directors' Information:- N. V. STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U27310DL2009PTC186541

Company & Directors' Information:- K. D. STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U28939DL2012PTC244467

Company & Directors' Information:- STEEL INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U00349KA1958PTC001309

Company & Directors' Information:- VERSUS IRON AND STEEL PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U27109MH1997PTC109497

Company & Directors' Information:- STEEL CO PVT LTD [Strike Off] CIN = U51109WB1947PTC015981

    AP. No. 590 of 2018

    Decided On, 28 August 2018

    At, High Court of Judicature at Calcutta

    By, THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE ASHIS KUMAR CHAKRABORTY

    For the Appearing Parties: Suddhasatva Banerjee, Chayan Gupta, Abhijit Chowdhury, Advocates.



Judgment Text

The Court : In this application under Section 9 of the Arbitration & Conciliation Act, 1996, as amended by Act 3 of 2016 (in short, "the Act of 1996"), the petitioner has prayed for an order of injunction restraining the respondent nos.1 and 2, namely, NTPC Limited and MSTC Limited, respectively from taking any step in pursuance of the e-auction scheduled to be held on today.

Admittedly, the arbitration agreement invoked by the petitioner is between itself and the respondent no.2. The letter of acceptance/sale order dated March 24, 2017,containing the arbitration clause, was issued by the respondent no.2 under which the petitioner was to obtain delivery of 2500 MTs of scrap, described as Lot No.26/16-17 in the notice inviting offer for sale belonging to respondent no.1. According to the petitioner, in terms of the sale order dated March 24, 2017, the respondent no.2 was obliged to allow the petitioner to take delivery of 2500 MTs of the scrap in two instalments of 1250 MTs each. The petitioner claims that the respondent no.2 had delivered 1250 MTs of the scrap of the first lot within the stipulated date upon payment of the price thereof by the petitioner. The dispute arises with regard to the delivery of the second lot of 1250 MTs of scrap by the respondent no.2. The petitioner claims that the respondent no.2 had called upon it to make payment of the entire quantity of 1250 MTs of the scrap towards delivery of the second instalment but, in fact, the respondent no.1 was unable to deliver the entire 1250 MTs of the said scrap. By a communication dated December 18, 2017 addressed to the respondent no.1 the petitioner claimed that since the respondents were unable to deliver the entire balance quantity of 1250 MTs of the said scrap it would obtain delivery of the available 400 MTs of the scrap.

The petitioner claims that although the respondents were unable to discharge their obligation under the contract relating to the said sale order dated March 24, 2017 but, they have wrongfully and illegally issued a fresh e-tender notice inviting offers for supply of further quantities of the scrap, including the balance 850 MTS of the said sale order dated April 03, 2017 from the factory of the respondent no.1, NTPC Limited.

Mr. Chayan Gutpa, led by Mr. Banerjee, learned counsel appearing for the petitioner strenuously contended that the said contract between the parties relating to the said sale order dated March 24, 2017 is still subsisting and the respondents cannot commit breach of the same by issuing the fresh e-tender notice as mentioned in the application.

From the affidavit of service filed on behalf of the petitioner, it appears that a copy of the application has been served upon the respondent no.2, MSTC Limited at its Kolkata office. A copy of the application has also been sent to the respondent no.1, NTPC Limited by an e-mail. However, none appears on behalf of any of the respondents to oppose this application.

I have considered the materials made available on record.

The contract relating to the said sale order dated March 24, 2017 is between the petitioner and the respondent no.2. Consequently, the arbitration agreement contained in the Special Conditions of Contract issued by the respondent no.2 invoked by the petitioner in this application is also confined to the petitioner and the respondent no.2. Thus, I am unable to find any reason as to why in purported enforcement of the said arbitration agreement the petitioner has impleaded NTPC Ltd. in this application. Further, the communication dated December 18,2017, appearing at page 35 of the application, expressly mentions that the same was issued with regard to the deposit of second and final instalment of Lot No.24/16-17 mixed iron scrap and the petitioner deposited the value for 400 MTs against the second and final instalment.

Further, in paragraph 50 of the application, the petitioner has mentioned that the e-auction which is sought to be stalled by it is scheduled to be held on August 28, 2018. However, nothing has been stated in the petition as to when the notice of such eauction has been issued by either of the respondents. The factum of issuance of the e-auction has been verified in the application as humble submission of the petitioner before this Court. Even no copy of the e-auction notice issued by the concerned respondent has not been disclosed by the petitioner.

Considering all the above facts, I am unable to find that the petitioner has made out a prima facie case to obtain any order in this application. So far as the second requirement for passing an interim order of injunction, that is, whether refusal of such prayer would result in the petitioner suffering any irreparable loss and injury concerned, the same is also against the petitioner.

For the reasons as aforesaid, I do not find any scope to pass any interim order in this application to stall the process of eauction ini

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tiated by the concerned respondent towards sale of scrap lying at the factory of the respondent no.1, NTPC Limited. The point of maintainability of this application shall be decided at the later stage of hearing of this application. The petitioner is directed to forthwith communicate the operative portion of this order refusing to pass any interim order in this application to the respondents. Let this application appear in the list after two weeks. The petitioner shall file an affidavit-of-service on the next date of hearing.
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