Delhi High Court stays NHAI blacklist decision on DBL

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The Delhi High Court has put an interim stay on the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) order to blacklist Dilip Buildcon (DBL) from participating in any highway bids directly or as part of a joint venture.

Senior advocates Sandeep Sethi and Jayant Mehta appeared for DBL before the Delhi High Court. An S&A Law Offices team led by senior partner Nilava Bandyopadhyay, and partners Anurag Abhishek and Vijaya Singh, assisted the DBL counsels.

The NHAI issued the debarment order after the Central Bureau of Investigation registered a first information report against DBL.

The Delhi High Court stayed the NHAI order on the grounds that the final decision has to be made by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, which had never heard of DBL.

“It was highlighted that DBL was debarred even without providing relied upon documents [of] which violations by DBL were alleged, and without providing the opportunity of being heard in a reasonable manner, which is known to law,” said an S&A statement.