That matter, concerning the arbitration between ONGC and Schlumberger Asia Services, was listed pursuant to a letter written to the Court by one of the arbitrators, retired Bombay High Court judge Justice SC Dharmadhikari.
The Supreme Court had on January 4, 2021 appointed former Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court Justice Jai Narayan Patel and former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Shivax Jal Vazifdar to the panel of arbitrators. They were then asked to select the third arbitrator.
Justice Vazifdar had expressed his inability to take up the assignment and Justice Dharmadhikari replaced him. Justices Dharmadhikari and Patel then appointed Justice Anil Dave as the presiding arbitrator.
However, Justice Dave recused when the fee dispute arose with ONGC. Subsequently, Justices Patel and Dharmadhikari also recused due to the same reason, after which the latter wrote to the top court.