No legal bar for State to resort to negotiation or any other method other than auction to enter into contracts: Kerala HC [Read Judgment]

"All that the law requires is that, the method that is adopted, should be fair, transparent, not affected by bias, favouritism or nepotism and not discriminatory, arbitrary or unreasonable", the Court held.
Kerala High Court
Kerala High Court

In a judgment passed recently, the Kerala High Court has reiterated that there is no legal or constitutional bar for the State or its instrumentalities to resort to any other method, other than auction, for the purpose of entering into contracts.

The Court passed the above order while dealing with a writ appeal filed by Flemingo Travel Retail (appellants) filed challenging the award of the contract for operating the duty-free shops in the Kannur International Airport (KIAL), to the GMR Airports, India Gandhi International airports (GMR), the 3rd respondents.

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