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Pb, Hry, UT to address tender queries within a week: HC

Noticing a large number of "unnecessary petitions" in the Punjab and Haryana high court because of the failure of the authorities concerned to respond to representations seeking reasons to disclose the rationale for rejection of tenders of disqualified parties, the high court has directed Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to dispose of such representations within a week.

chandigarh Updated: Dec 03, 2013 22:38 IST
HT Correspondent

Noticing a large number of "unnecessary petitions" in the Punjab and Haryana high court because of the failure of the authorities concerned to respond to representations seeking reasons to disclose the rationale for rejection of tenders of disqualified parties, the high court has directed Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to dispose of such representations within a week.


The division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Augustine George Masih said, "Unnecessarily two rounds of litigation occur in these tender matters on account of the failure of authorities concerned to respond to representations which should disclose the rationale for the decision so that an aggrieved party, if so advised, can approach the court."

The court said that instead what happens is that the first petition is filed only to find out as to what is the cause for award or rejection of a tender and when the reasons are communicated, then the second round of litigation begins.

Thus the court ordered the Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh authorities to communicate to all their departments, "whenever a representation is received qua a tender as to why a particular party is disqualified or why the tender has been awarded to the successful party against whom the grievance is made, it should be disposed of within one week of receipt thereof giving rationale/reasons."