Monday, January 31, 2022

Bullet Train: Supreme Court sets aside Delhi High Court order to consider infra firm's bid for depot construction

The Supreme Court on Monday set aside a judgment of the Delhi High Court which had directed the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) to consider the bid of infrastructure company Montecarlo Limited for construction and development of a depot in relation to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project [NHSRCL v. Montecarlo Ltd].

"The scope of judicial review in such foreign funded contracts/projects would be restricted and minimal. In such foreign funded contracts, the only ground for judicial review ought to be on a limited aspect, i.e., the action of the executing authority does not suffer from favouritism or nepotism and based on the grounds which have been concealed from the foreign financing authority, if disclosed, would have persuaded the financing authority to cancel the contract," the Court said while dismissing the plea.

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