Delhi High Court refuses to grant injunction restraining Vodafone’s second BIT arbitration against India

In a decision dated 7 May 2018, the Delhi High Court dismissed the Government of India’s application to declare Vodafone’s second BIT arbitration proceedings in relation to the retrospective tax liability imposed on Vodafone’s 2007 acquisition of Hutchison Whampoa’s Indian operations an abuse of process, and in so doing declined to grant a permanent injunction restraining Vodafone from continuing those arbitration proceedings. The Court granted liberty to India to bring the issue before the Tribunal in those second proceedings (under the India-UK Bilateral Investment Protection Agreement) for that Tribunal to decide on the alleged abuse of process on its own merits.

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Recent Developments in India-related international arbitration

Herbert Smith Freehills has issued the latest edition of its Indian international arbitration e-bulletin. This issue considers a number of interesting decisions of the Indian courts, in particular a Delhi High Court judgment which clarifies issues of currency conversion and interest claims when enforcing foreign awards in India, as well as a Bombay High Court ruling that non-signatories to an arbitration agreement were nonetheless bound by it.

We also highlight a decision of the English High Court relating to the enforcement of an LCIA London arbitral award against an Indian party, followed by a round-up of recent Indian arbitration-related news.