New Delhi: The Supreme Court has allowed the arbitration plea of Swiss Timing Limited against Organising Committee (OC) of the 2010 Commonwealth Games and also nominated two of its former judges as chairman of the Arbitral Tribunal and second arbitrator for resolving the disputes.
A bench of Justice S S Nijjar said Swiss Timing Ltd has already nominated former apex court judge, Justice S N Variava as their arbitrator and nominated its former judges, Justice Kuldip Singh and Justice B P Singh as chairman of the Arbitral Tribunal and second arbitrator respectively to adjudicate the disputes that have arisen between Swiss Timing Ltd and OC on such terms and conditions as they deem fit and proper.
“The Registry is directed to communicate this order to the Chairman of the Arbitral Tribunal, as well as, to the second arbitrator to enable them to enter upon the reference and decide the matter as expeditiously as possible,” the bench said while allowing the arbitration petition of Swiss Timing.
The bench, however, rejected the contention of OC that since a criminal case has been registered against the OC's former Chairman Suresh Kalmadi and some other officials of Swiss Timing, the apex court would have no jurisdiction to make a reference to arbitration.
It said “the balance of convenience is tilted more in favour of permitting the arbitration proceedings to continue rather than to bring the same to a grinding halt.” Switzerland-based Swiss Timing Ltd approached the apex court pleading to appoint the nominee arbitrator of OC and to further constitute the arbitral tribunal, by appointing the presiding arbitrator in order, to adjudicate the disputes that have arisen between the parties.