Asserting that courts have only limited powers to interfere in tenders floated by governments and public bodies, the Madras high court has dismissed a PIL litigation challenging the tender notification issued for removing wet ash from Mettur Thermal Power Station.
A division bench of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and N Seshasayee passed the order on the plea moved by R Ravichandran. Referring to a series of Supreme Court orders, the bench said, “As per the principles culled out by the apex court, high courts would not normally interfere with the policy decision and in the matters challenging award of contract by a state or public authority.”
In the considered opinion of this court, in light of the limited scope of interference as to the impugned tender process, which is purely a commercial and technical bid, we find no merit in this writ petition, the bench added.
According to the petitioner, while many experts are available in handling wet ash generated by the thermal power plants, the tender conditions were altered to favour only a few bidders. Read More
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