Khaitan & Co successfully advised and represented Ultratech Limited (Ultratech) before the Supreme Court of India in a matter where Ultratech who was the allocatee of the Bhaskarpara Coal Block was subsequently de-allocated by the Ministry of Coal, Union of India, allegedly on the ground that there was no substantial progress in development of the Coal Block. Consequently, the Bank Guarantee of INR 8.45 crores furnished by Ultratech was invoked by the Union of India to the extent of INR 1.65 crores. Thereafter, in a round of further representations in the Chattisgarh High Court and further in the Supreme Court, the Firm formulated a strategy and successfully obtained an order restraining the Union of India from invoking the Bank Guarantee for the pendency of the matter. Ajay Bhargava (Partner) and Vanita Bhargava (Partner), Aseem Chaturvedi (Principal Associate) and Sharngan Aravindakshan (Associate) represented the client on the matter
Certainly it’s fair to say there was some surprise, at least in certain quarters, over at DLA Piper on Monday when it was confirmed that lifer Andrew Darwin, understood to be nearing the end of his career with the firm, had won the race to be senior partner.