Bar on unilateral appointment of arbitrators non-derogable; no special privilege for retired judges: Madras High Court

A retired judge who acted as an advisor or gave an opinion in the dispute will certainly come under the category of persons disqualified from being appointed as an arbitrator, the Court held.
Justice Krishnan Ramasamy
Justice Krishnan Ramasamy

The Madras High Court recently held that the bar under the Seventh Schedule of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act on appointing sole arbitrators unilaterally is non-derogable, and no exceptions can be made even for retired High Court judges [Prime Store v. Sugam Vanijya Holdings].

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