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NUJS contributes to the recent SC judgment on bid rigging

In yet another significant contribution to a judgement pronounced by the Supreme Court of India, NUJS is honoured to have the efforts of its graduate, Mr. Jaiveer Shergill recognized. The judgement was delivered by a bench consisting of Justice A.K Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan and held that 'price parallelism alone (was) not sufficient to conclude bid rigging'.

The appeals in the case were against the Competition Commission of India for alleged collision wherein as many as 45 LPG cylinder manufacturers had entered into an agreement to collude bids that were submitted pursuant to tenders issued by the Indian Oil Corporation Limited. The court decree passed in the case mentioned that that there was no sufficient evidence to hold that there was any agreement between the appellants for bid rigging and that accordingly, they allowed the appeals and set aside the order of the Authorities thereby as a consequence there being no penalty payable due to which the appeals of the CCI were disposed. The court agreed with the Appellant’s submission that the control over the tender process was maintained by the Indian Oil Corporation Limited itself and not by the LPG cylinder manufacturer collusively.(Source: Legally India)

Mr. Jaiveer Shergill from the Class of 2006 was one of the advocates appearing for the appellants.Mr. Shergill is currently a lawyer practising in the Supreme Court of India and one of the youngest spokesperson of the Indian National Congress. He is an LLM graduate from the UC Berkeley School of Law and has previously worked with Economics Laws Practice. Apart from this, he has served as the Young India Representative for the International Bar Association which is one of the most prestigious body for lawyers across the world for a period of two years and has worked with various legal luminaries on a number of prominent cases including the Vodafone Tax case.

At NUJS, we take immense pride in congratulating him for his contribution to the judgement.


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