digital desk, New Delhi. Chief Justice N. V. Ramana on Tuesday pointed to the parties in the Future-Amazon case saying that they have filed huge documents (21 clauses in the same case) and this causes unnecessary inconvenience, as documents are duplicated.
The top court has fixed the next hearing in the matter for December 8.
The bench comprising Justice A. s. Bopanna and Justice Hima Kohli, asked both the parties to sit with each other in the matter and file a convenient compilation with at least pages.
The apex court expressed displeasure over the huge amount of documents filed by the parties in the petitions filed in the Amazon-Future Retail case, asking whether the objective was merely to prolong the matter or to harass the judges. Simultaneously, the Court sought a common and concise compilation of documents.
During the hearing, the CJI told a lawyer, “This is a problem if you file clause 21 (volume) in the same case.” I have said this over and over again. unnecessary things.. repetition of documents..
Senior advocate Harish Salve, representing Future Retail, sought permission of the bench to present facts in the matter. After this, the Chief Justice reiterated orally, what is the point of filing so many clauses? He further said, is this only to harass the judges, what is the matter?
To this Salve replied that it is completely unnecessary.
The Chief Justice said, we will do one thing. We’ll give you some time, can you file a convenient compilation? To this Salve replied that there should have been a compilation in such a case.
The bench directed the parties to file a compilation with minimum number of documents.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi submitted that the parties will interact with each other and submit a short compilation.
After hearing the arguments, the bench observed that all the parties have agreed to exchange documents and file a common compilation. The bench said, the matter will be taken up on December 8. Documents must be fully indexed.
Earlier on November 11, while hearing the matter, the Supreme Court had asked Future Group not to go ahead with the proposed Rs 24,731 sale of its retail assets to Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) till the next date of hearing on November 23.
The top court had said, we cannot allow you to do anything in the meantime. We are very clear on this. Where is the question of filing your suit and SLP (Special Leave Petition).. We hope you will not proceed further.
On 9 September, the Supreme Court stayed all proceedings before the Delhi High Court on Amazon’s plea seeking to implement the Singapore Emergency Arbitrator (EA) Award, which granted Future Group a deal with Reliance Retail. 24,731 crore was stopped from proceeding with the merger.
The top court had then said, “We feel that it is appropriate to balance the interests of both the parties by staying all further proceedings before the Delhi High Court.” Ordered accordingly. We further direct all the authorities, i.e. NCLT, CCI and SEBI not to pass any final orders for a period of four weeks from today. This order has been passed with the consent of both the parties.