The appointment of an umpire arbitrator to decide the gas-pricing row between the Reliance Industries Ltd and the government will be delayed further as Justice Ranjan Gogoi of the Supreme Court on Monday released all the arbitration matters pending before him due to the recent arbitration ordinance that has cast doubts over its authority to decide the issue.
Justice Gogoi said that in view of the arbitration ordnance some norms have been framed by the SC registry and all the pending and the fresh petitions seeking appointment of arbitrators shall be placed for hearing according to the norms. However, the copy of the norms was not available as yet.
Sub-section (6) of Section 11 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act provides that the parties can request the Chief Justice or any person or institution designated by him to appoint an arbitrator to resolve the dispute. However, the ordnance, which came into effect from Ocober 24, 2015, says that the SC or the HC or any person or institution designated by such court can decide the issue and they shall confine only to the examination of the existence of an arbitration agreement.