Oral consent of Counsel not sufficient for Court to refer dispute to Arbitration: SC

Meera Emmanuel March 12 2018

An arbitration agreement between the concerned parties is necessary in order to refer a dispute to arbitration. In its absence, the oral consent of counsel representing the parties is not sufficient for a court to refer the dispute to an arbitrator.

Pertinent observations to this effect were made in a judgment passed by the Supreme Court Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi.

The main dispute concerned the dues payable by the Kerala State Electricity Board . . .

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