No unlimited discretion in licensing matters


In RK Associates & Hoteliers Pvt Ltd v Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation & Ors, Delhi High Court held that as a government entity “is mandated to act in a fair, non-arbitrary, just, transparent and non-discriminatory manner” in terms of article 12 of India’s constitution, the language and words used in contracts, such as “at the discretion”, “not obliged to assign any reasons whatsoever”, cannot result in an infringement of the right to equality.

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