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From cheque bounce to medical trademark, here're the key court orders

A weekly selection of key court orders

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Key court orders of the week | Key Court orders | central public sector enterprises

M J Antony 



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Warring public entities sent to new forum

Commercial litigation among (CPSEs) and various government departments/organisations see no end. This was evident last week when the Supreme Court asked MTNL, Canara Bank and its subsidiary Canfina to take their 25-year-old dispute to the Administrative Mechanism for Resolution of CPSEs Disputes (AMRCD). Two months ago, the court had referred them to arbitration, ordering that Canfina must be impleaded in the process on the principle of “group of companies”. Since the disputes involved government entities, MTNL now moved the court in an attempt to resolve the issues through the newly contrived AMRCD. Canara Bank opposed the move, arguing that it would amount to a review of the court’s earlier order. However, the court wanted to try the new method suggested by MTNL. “If any settlement is brought about through such an attempt, it will not only save public funds but will ensure the true spirit of coordination amongst different public bodies,” the court observed. It added if the disputes are not settled by January 15, they will go back to the arbitration table. Disputes between different arms of the government have been sore points for decades, which even the Supreme Court could not solve despite repeated efforts. The objective of the AMRCD is to bring about a time-bound settlement of disputes between government entities.

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First Published: Sun, November 10 2019. 20:11 IST

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