Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) on Monday moved the Bombay High Court challenging the disqualification of its bid regarding the tender issued by the state-run Jawaharlal Nehru Ports Authority (JNPA) to upgrade the container terminal in Navi Mumbai. .
A bench of Justices AK Menon and NR Borkar sought a response from the JNPA Board of Trustees and posted the matter for hearing on Friday (May 13). The private company was disqualified by JNPA from the tender process to privatize the state government port authority’s container handling facility on May 3. Like JNPA, the terms and conditions in its tender documents say that any firm involved in the termination of contracts at other ports will be barred from participating in the terminal privatization bidding process. In December 2020, the contract for the coal handling terminal at the Vishakapatnam Port Authority operated by the APSEZ unit was terminated. The Adani group company, however, claimed in the HC plea that its disqualification from the JNPA tender process was illegal.
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