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SC slams HIMUDA: 'Letter of Intent not binding,' imposes heavy cost

A significant judgment regarding the nature and legal standing of a 'Letter of Intent' (LOI) in contractual agreements was delivered by the Supreme Court of India. The case revolved around the actions of the Himachal Pradesh Housing and Urban Development Authority (HIMUDA) and its dealings with a construction company, M/s. Vasu Constructions.

At the heart of the matter was the understanding that a Letter of Intent serves as a preliminary indication of willingness to engage in a contract, but it is not in itself a legally binding document. This point was emphasized by a bench of Justices Bela M. Trivedi and Pankaj Mithal, who asserted that an LOI is simply an expression of intention to enter into a formal contract. They underscored the necessity of drafting a detailed agreement subsequent to the issuance of an LOI, especially in the context of large-scale contracts.

The case originated from a tender process overseen by HIMUDA, which was found by the Supreme Court to have been marred by irregularities and illegalities. The Court, in its scathing indictment, accused HIMUDA of colluding with Vasu Constructions to manipulate the tender process, effectively deceiving the Himachal Pradesh High Court. This manipulation, the Court determined, amounted to a misuse of legal procedures to conceal the malfeasance committed in the tender process.

The Court's rebuke extended to HIMUDA's attempt to circumvent the consequences of its actions. Despite confirmed reports of gross irregularities and illegalities committed by HIMUDA officers, the High Court permitted HIMUDA to proceed with the original tender, seemingly disregarding the findings of an independent committee tasked with investigating the matter.

Highlighting the gravity of HIMUDA's misconduct, a significant penalty of Rupees Five Lakhs was imposed on the authority by the Supreme Court. The Court unequivocally stated that HIMUDA, though a 'State' entity under Article 12 of the Indian Constitution, had acted in bad faith and colluded with Vasu Constructions to deceive the High Court.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court set aside the High Court's order and allowed the petitioner, Level 9 BIZ Pvt. Ltd., to proceed with the initial tendering process. The decision marked a resounding affirmation of the rule of law and accountability in contractual dealings involving public entities.

Case: Level 9 Biz Pvt. Ltd. v. Himachal Pradesh Housing And Urban Development Authority & Anr,

CIVIL APPEAL NO. 4626 OF 2024 (@ SPECIAL LEAVE PETITION (C) No.23319 OF 2022).

Click here to read/download judgment.

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