Adani Ports moves SC against HC order | Whuff News


MUMBAI : Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court’s rejection of its plea on the disqualification of its bid for the maintenance and upgradation of a container terminal in Navi Mumbai by the board of trustees of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (BTJNPA), according to people familiar with the matter. aware of the development.

Queries sent to an Adani Ports spokesperson for confirmation were not immediately answered.

On Monday, Chief Justice Dipankar Datta of the Bombay High Court rejected the company’s plea against the BTJNPA, calling it without merit.

The court has also directed the company to deposit Rs5 lakhs with the tender to JNPA. The firm had already paid most of the amount and was therefore asked to deposit the remaining amount.

A division bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala asked the company to approach the registrar to list their case for hearing.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi, lead counsel representing Adani Ports, asked the division bench to take cognizance of the matter on Wednesday as JNPA had invited bids from Wednesday. He also asked the court to give the status quo by preventing the authorities from continuing with the bid.

The Adani group firm argued that its exclusion from the JNPA contract procedure was illegal and mala fide.

The JNPA board has found the Andhra Pradesh High Court order upholding the termination of the concession agreement by the Vizag Port Trust (VPT). It asked the company to show cause why it should not be disqualified from the bid.

The company has also been given a hearing by the JNPA board. However, in May JNPA wrote to the company that because VPT had issued them a termination letter, it was disqualified from participating in the process. Adani Ports said it has provided JNPA with all documents regarding the dispute between Adani Vizag Coal Terminal Pvt Ltd and Vishakapatnam Port Authority.

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