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SC holds Singapore's Emergency Arbitrator award against Future-Reliance Retail deal enforceable

Amazon Reliance Future Retail Case: Amazon had claimed that Future's deal with Reliance Retail is invalid and violation of its 2019 agreement.

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New Delhi Updated on: August 06, 2021 11:11 IST
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SC holds Singapore's Emergency Arbitrator award against Future-Reliance Retail deal enforceable

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled in favour of e-commerce giant Amazon by holding that Singapore's Emergency Arbitrator (EA) award, restraining the Rs 24,731 crore merger deal of Future Retail Ltd (FRL) with Reliance Retail, was valid and enforceable under Indian laws.

A bench of Justices R F Nariman dealt with the larger question and held that an award of an EA of a foreign country is enforceable under the Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act despite the fact that the term EA is not used in arbitration laws here.

"The EA Order is an order within section 17 (1) and can be enforced under Section 17(2) of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act," it said. 

Amazon.com NV Investment Holdings LLC and FRL are embroiled in a bitter legal fight over the deal and the US-based firm has sought in the apex court that the EA award was valid and enforceable.

READ MORE: What is Amazon-Future-Reliance battle? Explained

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