HIGH COURT OF DELHI
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Thakur, J -
(1.) This appeal arises out of an order passed by a learned Single Judge of
this Court whereby an application under Section 30/33 of the Arbitration Act,
1940 for setting aside an arbitral award dated 25th May, 1995 has been dismissed
and the award made a rule of the Court.
(2.) Disputes between the parties in relation to a civil contract were
referred for adjudication to the sole arbitration of Sh.L.R. Gupta, Retd.
Director General, Works, PWD. A number of claims, it appear, were made by the
contractor claimant before the arbitrator which were examined by the arbitrator
at length culminating in an award for payment of a sum of Rs.1,17,173/- in
favour of the claimant and a sum of Rs.37,138/- awarded in favour of the
respondent/DDA. The net amount payable after adjustment of the said amount was
Rs.80,035/- with interest @ 12% p.a. from 23rd May, 1991 to 25th May, 1995 and @
15% from the date 25th May, 1995 till the date of actual realization. The
arbitrator had also directed return of the bank guarantee for a sum of
Rs.1,00,000/- furnished by the contractor and payment of cost of Rs.10,000/-
(3.) The appellant appears to have filed objections to the award inter alia
contending that the award was against the weight of evidence on record and that
the arbitrator had failed to give reasons for his conclusions as required by the
terms of the contract. Award of interest and costs was also challenged by the
appellant. These objections did not however find favour with the learned Single
Judge before whom the same were argued. The learned Single Judge has by the
order impugned in this appeal rejected the objections and made the award a rule
of the court holding that the arbitrator had indeed given reasons in support of
the findings recorded by him and that since the Court was not sitting in appeal
over the award made by the arbitrator, there was no room for any interference
with the same. The present appeal, as already noticed above, assails the
correctness of the said order.;
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