"I realise that some of my criticisms may be mistaken; but to refuse to criticize judgements for fear of being mistaken is to abandon criticism altogether... If any of my criticisms are found to be correct, the cause is served; and if any are found to be incorrect the very process of finding out my mistakes must lead to the discovery of the right reasons, or better reasons than I have been able to give, and the cause is served just as well." -Mr. HM Seervai, Preface to the 1st ed., Constitutional Law of India.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Lok Sabha Debates the Bill to Amend the Indian Arbitration Law

The Lok Sabha today debated the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to amend the Indian Arbitration Law. The debate began between 1700- 1800 hrs today (16.12.2015) and is likely to continue tomorrow. Prior to the debate on the aforesaid enactment, the Lok Sabha also debated the Commercial Divisions Bill. Minor amendments were moved and were accepted. Check out the Lok Sabha debates page. 

I am also surpised how the recent decision of the Delhi High Court reading down Commercial Appellate Divisions as Commercial Division did not come up in the debate at all. This clearly shows the disconnect between our Parliamentarians and our courts. (See, Ascot Estates v Bon Vivant, dt. 10.12.2015 where the Delhi High Court read down ‘Commercial Appellate Division’ as ‘Commercial Division’ in Section 10 of the Ordinance) 

The Lok Sabha debates on the Commercial Divisions Bill and the Arbitration Bill can be accessed from here.

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