TAMIL NADU GENERATION AND DISTRIBUTION CORPORATION LTD. Vs. CSEPDI ­ TRISHE CONSORTIUM
LAWS(SC)-2016-10-28
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
Decided on October 18,2016

Tamil Nadu Generation And Distribution Corporation Ltd. Appellant
VERSUS
Csepdi ­ Trishe Consortium Respondents

JUDGEMENT

DIPAK MISRA,J. - (1.) Leave granted.
(2.) The appellant, Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd (for short 'the Corporation') vide notification dated 06.05.2013 floated a tender for setting up of two units of 660 MW Ennore SEZ Supercricitcal Thermal Power Project at Ash Dyke of NCTPS, Chennai wherein four bidders including the respondents herein participated. However, two bidders out of four were disqualified as they failed to meet the Bid Qualification Requirements (BQR) as a result of which bids of Consortium of Trishe Energy Infrastructure Services Private Limited (CSEPDI) and Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd (BHEL) were taken up for consideration. Prior to the opening of the price bid, CSEPDI and BHEL submitted supplementary price bids on 05.02.2014. Price bids were opened on 05.02.2014 by the appellant in the presence of the representatives of the respondents, the qualified bidders.
(3.) The uncurtaining of facts would depict that the 1strespondent sent series of representations dated 16.06.2014, 17.06.2014, 01.07.2014 and 08.07.2014 to the appellant highlighting various aspects of the bid and the relevance of para (viii) of Clause 29.0 of the "Instructions to Bidders" (ITB) which also deals with the rejection of bids of the tenderer whose past performance/vendor rating is not satisfactory. Since the appellant paid no heed to the request made by the respondent No.1, it filed W.P. No. 19247 of 2014 seeking issue of a writ of mandamus to direct the appellant to consider the representations and comply with Tamil Nadu Transparency In Tenders Act, 1998 (for short, "the TTIT Act"). An undertaking was given before the learned Single Judge by the learned Advocate General that post-bid representations submitted by the respondent No.1 will be duly considered while finalizing the tenders and appropriate orders will be passed in accordance with the tender specifications and the TTIT Act and rules framed thereunder and in terms of the said undertaking, learned Single Judge vide order dated 31.07.2014 directed the appellant to consider and pass orders on the representations of the appellant herein after affording them an opportunity of personal hearing and directed that till such orders are passed, the tender should not be finalised.;


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