The tender notification of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Fourth Paradigm Institute (FPI), Bangalore, for acquiring a supercomputer has run into rough weather with the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday staying the opening or finalisation of the bids following an allegation that tender conditions were formulated to favour a few companies. The bids were scheduled to be opened on October 3.

Justice A.S. Bopanna passed the interim order on a petition filed by Netweb Technologies, New Delhi, which claims to be a leading supplier of supercomputers in India and to have also supplied supercomputers for C-DAC, Pune, last year. The court also ordered notices to the CSIR-FPI, the Union Ministry of Science and Technology and the Central Vigilance Commission.

The petitioner complained that the tender for supply and installation of the system was invited “with an obvious purpose to eliminate the petitioner and save other tenderers who have found favour with the CSIR-FPI.”